WIDE AND HIGH: Members of the Sugarloaf fire crew with their new truck.
WIDE AND HIGH: Members of the Sugarloaf fire crew with their new truck. DEIRDRE SMITH

Sugarloaf firies open day

THERE was a sausage sizzle and enthusiastic volunteers all round at the Sugarloaf Rural Fire Brigade open day on Sunday but it was serious information that was provided.

Veteran firefighter James Massey was on hand to give a presentation and he warned property owners that they had to take responsibility for their properties in the case of fire.

"If you own the land, you own the risk, you own the fire,” he said.

He said it was property owners' responsibility to have water to fight fires. He said the brigade's truck was only able to carry 1600 litres of water, 'if you're lucky'.

However, he said smaller things like clearing trees and wetting mulch could make a big difference.

"Everybody likes trees,” he said.

"But they frighten the hell out of us as firefighters.”

The Sugarloaf volunteer crew was keen to show off their new dual cabin truck but it also came with a warning, being decorated with a sign asking if property owners had access that was wide and high enough for the truck.

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