Wednesday, 23 May 2012

Get Your Property Fire Plan Done for FREE

Full-day Hotspots Workshops at the Letter A
8 and 22 June

Bucketty and District has been identified as a suitable area to benefit from a two-day Hotspots Training Program, which will take place at the Letter A, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on the 8th and 22nd June. 

Residents, landholders and other stakeholders are invited to participate in the Hotspots Training Days, where they will learn to develop and implement a Property Fire Management Plans for their own property.  This training/assistance would normally cost $1,500!

Hotspots is a community-based training program that gives landholder/managers the skills and knowledge they need to actively participate in fire management of their property, while also ensuring biodiversity is safeguarded and maintained.

Training will focus on fire management issues for different vegetation in our area.

Please RSVP by the close of business on Monday, 4 June to: Brian Milsom, 0437 377 672 or email:

Please advise if you have special dietary requirements. Wear enclosed footwear and appropriate clothing for field trips.  When you book, please supply your Lot and DP number so the coordinator can print an A1- size aerial photo of your property and have it laminated for you.

This project is supported and presented by multiple agencies. For more information on the Hotspots initiative, please visit

Venue: NPWS Depot at the Letter A, corner of George Downes Drive and Walkers Ridge Road, Bucketty.
Dates: Friday, 8 June and Friday, 22 June, 2012
Times:  Register at 8:30 a.m. for a 9 a.m. start. Finishes at 4:30 p.m.
Cost:      FREE to landholders including food and drinks. Numbers limited to 25, so please book early.

Monday, 21 May 2012

Oh What a Night

We've posted a few photos from the fabulous New York Public Library fundraising night at the Bucketty and District Brigade last week.  Our heartfelt thanks go to the band, who make us laugh, get our toes a tappin' and entertain us with their brilliant talent each year.

Watering in the woods

What a lovely morning out in the sun-dappled and crispy-cold forest for Sunday's training expedition.

Following a brief response down to Lemming Corner for a single motorcycle MVA (and SteveJ's first call-out with the Brigade) Bucketty 9 and Bucketty 1 headed out for the Basin and a couple of hours of advanced draughting and pumping scenarios before home in time for hot lunch.

Thanks to Pete, Louise, Sarah, Ann, Steve and Meredith (and Jess too) for a great trip out and to Teresa for great lunch.

Pics will be forthcoming...

Monday, 14 May 2012

Important Update on Smoke Alarms

The Australasian Fire and Emergency Service Authorities Council (AFAC) Position on Smoke Alarms in residential accommodation is that all residential accommodation be fitted with photoelectric smoke alarms.

There are two types of smoke alarms; photo-electric and ionising. Fire and Rescue NSW states:

Photoelectric alarms appear to provide a faster warning than ionisation alarms in most circumstances, and there is little appreciable difference in performance during flaming fires.
To maximise the opportunity for early warning in all fire scenarios, Fire & Rescue NSW recommends the installation of photoelectric alarms, hard wired and interconnected, in all residential accommodation. If only installing one alarm, it should be a photoelectric alarm.

Further information can be found at

Wednesday, 2 May 2012

St. Florian's Feast & International Firefighters Day

This Friday May 4th is Saint Florian's Feast Day and International Firefighter's Day.

Saint Florian, patron Saint of Firefighter's (and chimney sweeps), was born in the third century AD, and lived during the reigns of the Roman emperors Diocletian and Maximian. 

Captain Florian was the head of an elite corps of Roman firefighters, and later became a General in the Roman army.

Legend has it that he saved an entire village from flames with a single bucket of water. Yet when told to renounce his faith, he refused. He was sentenced to die at the stake. Florian asked that his fire be built high enough that his soul could ascend to heaven in the smoke.   

Thus, he became protector of those who fight the peril of fire with water. 

International Fire Fighter's Day is traditionally marked by a sound-off on the first Sunday in May. Sirens across the world operate for 30 seconds at midday, followed by one minute of silence - to remember our fallen firefighters.

Bucketty #1 will be out on training exercise in Cessnock and will be participating at midday, but members of the brigade and community are welcome to attend the station for the short time over midday. 

Please advise by email if you'd like to attend so we can make suitable arrangements.