Volunteer Bush Fire Firebrigade

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We have had an amazing weekend that just passed, not only for the weather but Helen and I have just under taken our volunteer bush fire firebrigade basic  training in Margaret River.

We have joined our local brigade of Rosa Brook which is just 10 minutes drive from Margaret River.  We attended along with 19 other people for the two day course.  I think that anyone who lives in the country could benefit from this training.  Helen and I have learnt so much about preparation of our property for fire, how to fight fire, how to understand the fires movement and factors effecting it to name but a few.

Fundraiser calendar after Black Saturday in Victoria by Rosa Brook, Margaret River

Coming from Scotland bush fires are not something that we have at all and the closest I have ever come to is heather burning to improve pasture for sheep and grouse.  I now look forward to more training from the local brigade and I have a very healthy respect for fires.

With spring well set in now we are now starting to think about what we will need to have in place for this summer: fire breaks, bush clearing, ensuring pumps work, cleaning of gutters …

If you have ever considered volunteering within a brigade or want to learn more I think it is the best time I could have spent and two days is very small stuff if I can protect my family and the community any better.

The above humorous picture is from Rosa Brooks Volunteer Bush Fire Firebrigades’ 2010 calendar which was made to raise money and awareness after Black Saturday in Victoria in 2009.  Over one year on I hope all of Australia has learnt from these fires and that the new messaging system and radios all make a difference.  The biggest difference I think is in education and preparation.  Are you prepared?

About Benji

I am married and live on a farm near Margaret River with my wife, daughter and son. I set up The Margaret River Guide to assist people coming to Margaret River Western Australia to easily find what they are looking for. I also wanted to allow people to find activities they did not know about and to be able to openly comment on/ review businesses.

Comments

  1. Hi Benji,
    Well done for being pro-active about fire safety. I think you’re right, anybody who lives in the country, or in a potential bush fire zone, would benefit from this training – it could potentially save property and even lives.
    You’re a long way from Scotland – not many bush fires there. I’m originally from the north of England – not far from the Scottish border.
    Thanks for an interesting post.
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