Volunteers from Dalveen and Wildash rural fire brigades (from left) Gordon Miller, Liam O’Dea, Mike Murphy, Marty Dinte, Chris Assenbruck, Damien Deane, Jim Mitchell, Nathan Parkes, John Walsh, Ben Dyball, Russell Marsden and Phil Zikan.
Volunteers from Dalveen and Wildash rural fire brigades (from left) Gordon Miller, Liam O’Dea, Mike Murphy, Marty Dinte, Chris Assenbruck, Damien Deane, Jim Mitchell, Nathan Parkes, John Walsh, Ben Dyball, Russell Marsden and Phil Zikan.

Firies train for worst

A SINGLE goal bought the Wildash and Dalveen rural fire brigades together on Saturday: to prepare for a potential horror season.

The volunteers joined forces for their first training session this year, where they were taken through a number of basic procedures and had the opportunity to get to know each other.

Training officer Russell Marsden said the training afternoon was vital for all volunteers.

“The way the season is looking, and with the grass building up, it could be perfect conditions for bushfires. It could be disastrous,” he said.

“But the more practice we have, the better prepared we are for it.”

The 12 volunteers ran through simple procedures such as working the hoses and pumps, legalities, call-out procedures and workplace health and safety regulations.

Saturday afternoon’s training ground was in a picturesque spot overlooking the foundations of the Wildash Fire Shed, which is in the process of being built.

The Wildash Rural Fire Brigade has been furiously fundraising to get the shed built, but have been helped greatly with a Jupiters Casino donation of $63,000.

“It’s an ongoing thing though,” Mr Marsden said.

“It’s not just getting the shed up. We need continual funds to buy our fuel and foam for the trucks, as well as electricity costs, registration.”


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