Fighting Fires Or Fighting Floods?

Tamborine Rural Fire Brigade October 2021 Report

The past couple of months has seen 14 permits issued with Fire Warden Trevor Henderson noting that while the conditions have been mainly dry, there has also been a bit of rain around. The long-range weather forecast of a La Nina alert indicates a possibly higher rainfall for November onwards. “The brigade may end up fighting floods instead of fighting fires!” Subsequently, the Equipment Officer said they were seeking wet weather gear, as well as some oxygen equipment.

Due to the need for an accredited trainer, the group training officer is currently undertaking smaller ‘Code Of Conduct’ modules in the meantime before gradually implementing the new framework. Community Engagement Officer Hayley said the brigade’s attendance at the Tamborine Treats Pamper Day Market at the end of August and the Tamborine Village Lions Market in October was successful for community contact and awareness with each market being well attended on the days.

First Officer Terry Watkins reports that it has been a reasonably busy 2 months with 6 Road Traffic Crashes (RTC’s), 3 Illegal Burns, 5 Grass/Bush Fires, plus 3 other incidents, totalling 17 Call Outs in all. As well, there have been 13 Hazard Reduction burns (HR’s), and 4 On Standby’s at the Station. To put in terms of ‘manhours’, 388 manhours were spent on HR’s and 177 manhours on Standby’s, as well as 56.5 manhours attending to community engagement. Terry said there were to be more HR’s coming up with a few burns ‘sitting waiting’ for weather to dry up again! The Second Officer
said everything has been ‘all good’ for the month, and the Third Officer thanked those who came out for the Birnum burn.

As part of further community engagement, the brigade has been invited to look after the parking for the Mundoolun Community Centre Christmas Carols event on Saturday 20th November. The members are looking forward to organising their end of year celebrations!