Community News Articles

November, 2014

Volunteering


MANGROVE MOUNTAIN RURAL
FIRE BRIGADE
IS RECRUITING NEW MEMBERS


Do you feel like being part of a dynamic and exciting community based team?

Our current membership of both men and women includes retirees, students (with some under 18), IT experts, farmers and other occupations.

NSW RFS members attend a range of incidents and activities:

  • Bush and grass fires
  • House and structure fires
  • Storm damage
  • Search and rescue
  • Motor vehicle accidents
  • Community education
  • Bushfire mitigation

Our Values

  • Mutual respect
  • Adaptability and resourcefulness
  • One team, many players, one purpose
  • Integrity and trust
  • Support, friendship and camaraderie
  • Community and environment
  • Knowledge and learning

The members of the brigade are able to undertake nationally recognised training in many areas including general bushfire and village type firefighting right through to being trained in leading large crews of people undertaking particular roles.  Another important role is that of Community Engagement where we assist the community in preparing for bushfire related incidents

Generally a member of the brigade can be involved in all of the above. Members give what time they can.

Mangrove Mountain Brigade regularly trains on Wednesday nights for a couple of hours and sometimes trains on Saturday mornings.  Training ranges from out in the field or in the brigade shed developing skills and addressing training needs of members.

 Contact the Captain, Rob, on 0428 113 269 

 Visit us on a Wednesday night at our shed next to the
soccer field in Bloodtree Road.


MAY, 2014

INFORMATION FROM MANGROVE MOUNTAIN RURAL FIRE BRIGADE

As the weather cools now is a good time to start making sure that your property is not a bush fire hazard.

What Is A Bush Fire Hazard?
Wherever there is available bush fire fuel (combustible material), around your property, a bush fire hazard exists. This fuel may be made up of solid combustibles or flammable liquids and gases such as petrol, kerosene, alcohol, LPG, natural gas, and acetylene.

The main concern is what is called “ fine” fuels – these are made up of leaf litter, long dry grass, garden mulch and certain vegetation.

Other hazards may include:

  • woodpiles and wood sheds
  • open flames and/or machinery sparks
  • hot surfaces such as exhausts and electrical equipment.

Hazards Around Your Home

Consider your home – one of the main causes of house fire during a bush fire, is ember attack, due to high winds, blowing from the fire front to your home.

Embers enter houses through broken windows, gaps in and around walls and roof cladding.

Embers can lodge between horizontal timber decking, guttering and window sills and steps.

Embers can also be blown up against and ignite any timber surfaces used for supports and posts, floor joists, steps and under floor spaces.

It is important to maintain your property in a good state of repair and ensure any of the above openings are blocked off and secure.

Where are the Hazard Located?

As well as the amount of fine fuels and combustible material around your property, consider its location. Make sure they are not stored or piled up against or next to your home or sheds, around livestock or environmental and/or cultural assets?

It is when they can endanger life, property or the environment, that they become a threat.

If you are concerned about bush fire hazards on your property members of Mangrove Mountain Rural Fire Brigade can provide advice regarding preparing your property against bush fires and what to do in the event of a bush fire. This advice is free and can be arranged by contacting the Captain, Rob Carraro on 0428 113 269 or visiting the RFB shed on Bloodtree Road on any Wednesday night from 7:00pm to 9:00pm.

 

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