Discussions amongst the Bega Branch RFSA Executive, Bega RFS and Sapphire Welding & Fabrication in April 2015 led to an application for a grant to construct a mobile Smoke House. The application was successful and the team at Sapphire Welding & Fabrication, then had the job of transferring the rough drawings into a 3m x 3m x 2.5m checkered–plate aluminium box - complete with door and two windows.
The almost finished product was transferred to Tathra Station to add the finishing touches. This completed, the Brigade decided to put the training aid through its paces and carry out some rough and ready venting.
The good news is that it is finished and will be delivered to Bega Fire Control for the use of all Brigades.
Again, our thanks go to the Rural Fire Service Association - without the Grant scheme, this training aid would not have been possible.
Bega Valley Shire along with the NSW Fire & Rescue and NSW Rural Fire Brigade maintains around 4,500 water hydrants to ensure they are visible, accessible and in working order.
What is a water hydrant?
A water hydrant is used by fire fighters to access the water supply in the case of a fire. It is also used by Council for maintenance purposes.
Where are hydrants located?
Water hydrants are located below ground. Their lids are usually located on the road, footpath or nature strip. In urban areas, hydrants are usually located along one side of the street about 60 metres apart. The location of hydrants is shown by small indicator signs on posts, power poles or along the shoulder of the road or gutter. They may also be identified by blue indicator markers to the left or right of the road centre.
What does a hydrant look like?
Water hydrants can be quickly identified by their cast iron square shaped lids. The lids have a capital 'H' on the top and are usually white or black in colour. This helps assists fire fighters to quickly identify them.
Why are hydrants important?
During an emergency, including a bush or house fire, it is important to know where the water hydrants are located. Having clear access to a water hydrant can make a difference to how quickly an emergency can be brought under control.
It is important to ensure there are no obstructions preventing fire fighters from locating and connecting hoses to hydrants. Also the hydrant needs to be clear of grass or soil. There should also be no bush or tree limbs that could interfere with anyone approaching the hydrant and attempting to operate it.
Don't hide your hydrant
Make sure you regularly keep grass and other obstructions away from hydrants. If you notice a hydrant that is damaged or requires repainting, please contact Bega Valley Shire Council on (02) 6499 2222.
This information has been prepared with the cooperation of Tathra Volunteer Rural Fire Brigade
Trish Goodwin of Wallagoot got more than she bargained for when she attended the Open Day at the Tathra Fire Station recently. On the one hand she says she learnt a lot about what she needs to do to prepare for bushfires this summer. On the other, her name went into the draw for a range of prizes, including an iPad. And, as luck would have it, she won it!
This week Adam Wiggins, Captain of the Tathra Volunteer Rural Fire Brigade, presented Trish with the iPad at the station. No stranger to computers, Trish said she would pass on her ‘old iPad’ to her husband Terry and waste no time in ‘syncing’ her new one to her iPhone.
Mrs Goodwin was among the more than 100 people who visited the joint Tathra-Tanja Open Day, held in conjunction with the NSW Rural Fire Service’s Get Ready Weekend last month. Tathra’s efforts to promote the Open Day and ‘Get Ready’ message were enthusiastically supported by a range of local business with sponsored voucher prizes. They included:
The Tathra Hotel,
Sapphire Coast Golf School,
Tathra Enhance Fuel,
Tathra Friendly Grocers,
Tathra Beachside and
If you haven’t already received a brochure on how to prepare a fire plan please get in touch with the Tathra Fire Station or download the free My Fire Plan app.
Thanks for making Open Day 2015 such a huge success!
If you missed it and you need information on Bushfire readiness or help to organise your Bushfire Plan, come and visit us Tuesday's 7:00 pm.
"The Tathra Volunteer Fire Brigade concluded it's two weeks of Get Ready Weekend activities today when 120 plus attended the brigades Open Day.
In brilliant Sapphire Coast sunshine Tathrans enthusiastically engaged in Bush Fire Planning, how to have a "ready box" of key items in the event of fire, and volunteering sessions. Families came with up to four children, and all the kids delighted in being a fire fighter for the day, being shown PPE, truck equipment, sounding the sirens aboard a Cat 1 and the Tanja 7, and holding live reels pushing water from two Cat 9s into the bush near the station. All visitors are in a draw to have a chance to win an IPad and seven vouchers provided by local businesses."
THE Tathra Rural Fire Brigade has been about this week educating future generations of volunteer firefighters. The brigade visited the Tathra Preschool, where it demonstrated what firefighters do, the equipment they use and giving hands-on experience to the children.
Tathra Brigade captain Adam Wiggins and crew attended the Preschool recently and will make further visits.
“It was a delight to see the toddlers so fascinated and absorbed by our bright safety uniforms and vehicles, by all our equipment and what we do,” Captain Wiggins said. “There is nothing more delightful than seeing children so interested, and in wonder at all that goes with the important work of their local rural brigade.”
The Tathra Brigade will continue visits to local schools this week. On Friday it conducts a visit to the “bigger kids” at Tathra Public School. Talks and demonstrations will be conducted at the school in four sessions for all 200 Tathra Public School pupils. The brigade will also be involved in information, demonstrations and educational exercises with the pupils leading up to the NSW Rural Fire Service Get Ready Weekend on September 12-13 (see below).
Tathra getting ready for bushfire season
The Tathra community has come together for a number of major events to embrace Get Ready Weekend, a state-wide Rural Fire Service exercise to prepare for the coming bushfire season. The aim of the weekend is to provide the 2000-plus residents in the wider Tathra area with information that will enable them to play their part in planning their own responses to any bushfire threat in the coming season.
“Our Tathra Rural Fire Service Brigade volunteer members have decades of experience and are in constant training to deal with threats - but we are only as good as our community is prepared,” Tathra RFS Captain Adam Wiggins said. “Get Ready Weekend is about community members taking charge of planning for their own preparation and response to bushfires. “We will give them the resources, advice and help wherever we can,” he said. In the next two weeks, the Tathra RFS will be involved at events at sports clubs around the town, including sponsoring through generous commercial contributions the Tathra golf monthly medals, Tathra bowls and major raffle nights, as well as information sessions around the town.
The weekend of September 12-13 will culminate in an Open Day at the Tathra Rural Fire Service Station on Bega St, 10am until 2pm on the Sunday. The open day will involve hands-on displays for kids and older folk, a free barbecue, a variety of prizes for attendees, kids' competitions, and show bags for all. There will also be an opportunity for all attendees to go in a draw to win an iPad. On hand will be information, materials and advice on how to prepare a bushfire plan. Captain Wiggins said he was pleased to welcome the support of major sponsor Big W, and other sponsors Woolworths, the Family Grocers, Fat Tony’s, Tathra Cellars, Stafford’s, Mimosa Meats, Cliff Place, Tathra Fuel Services, the Tathra Newsagency and other pending supporters for this great community effort.