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|Notices for Offshore Residents
of Pittwater, Australia
AT THE FIRE SHED
us celebrate Autumn - enjoy a gourmet BBQ, fine wines and refreshments
and good company!
DINNER 6.30PM $5
ADULTS 7.00PM $15
BALL - Saturday, 28 March
The Scotland Island Rural Fire
is delighted to once again invite everyone to attend our premier
bi-annual event - the Fireman’s Ball. This gala black-tie
will feature live music from the Andrew Oh Quartet, loads of fabulous
food by Lisa Atkins, cloakroom facilities and a fully licensed bar.
The Station will be transformed into a magical ballroom where you can
dance the night away by Earth Hour inspired candlelight.
Saturday, 28 March 2009
7pm – midnight
Scotland Island Rural Fire Brigade, Catherine Park, Scotland Island
$60 including food & music
PMC Hill Real Estate, Church Point or Jenny on 0411 405335
Photo Workshop - Pittwater YHA
3rd - 5th April 2009
We still have vacancies for this
We first held this workshop last year and it was a really great weekend.
Our own movie maker and photographer, Michael Edols, will be coming
along to provide a critique on photos presented.
Those from last year thought Michael's evaltations to be a wonderful
finale to the weekend.
Booking details in the brochure - click
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Welcome, once again to the monthly
RFS Corner, notices, updates and musings of the West Pittwater Rural
Fire Brigade & the Scotland Island Rural Fire Brigade.
Rural Fire Brigade
A few updates on various points
Reminder - West
Pittwater Rural Fire Brigade Annual General Meeting
Sorry to harp on, but reminders never go astray.
Date: Sunday 29th. March, 2009
Venue: Elvina Station, South Elvina Park, Elvina Bay
To sweeten the deal, we’ll be having a BBQ beforehand, at 1:00pm
onwards (note ½ an hour later than originally notified).
Bushfire Crisis – Can we learn?
We’re glad it’s all over and all Australians can take what has happened
in and how best to respond. A few thoughts on how we would handle the
next bushfire that comes our way, could go a long way. While the
situation may not be as extreme (one of our members – Andrew Cutler
made it down to Victoria and has said there have been, and are still
some, massive fuel loads), some careful planning and preparation, from
the community, as a whole will minimise impact and provide a
co-ordinated response. It’s a rather sobering thought that we live in
an extreme bushfire area and bushfires are coming our way. Not a
question of if, but merely when. With the wet summers, it seems a long
way off, but all the wet and warmth is doing is increasing the
vegetation and fuel load, out there. There is a lot of planning
documentation out there, for bushfire preparedness, so always feel free
to contact us. I’ll be including a few things over the coming months.
Following up from the above point about some co-ordination and
planning, I’ll be organising a pump day for the offshore residents in
McCarrs Creek (details coming under your door, for those who live in
McCarrs Creek). This is an idea copied from the residents of Lovett
Bay, where all residents get together and walk each others properties
noting what type of pumps, hoses, nozzles, tanks and connection they
have. It’s a chance to start the pump up and spray a little water, to
check how the pumps are going. If anyone is struggling (and more often
than not its pumps not primed properly) we can all learn together.
After all this is done, we can then be more aware of all what our
neighbours have and how we can respond together. We’ll document the
details of who has what and distribute the document. Seems like a
really good idea to raise awareness of what the community has and how
we might use it (especially in a co-ordinated manner) and I would
encourage all of our localities to do something similar. Of course, in
true offshore style, we’ll finish with a BBQ, with some beer and wine
(did I say some, I meant a lot) available, to round the day off.
District Fireboat Exercise - Berowra Waters
Both West Pittwater and Scotland Island sent boats up to the combined
district Fireboat exercise, hosted by Berowra Waters Brigade. Crews
turned up from the Rural Fire Service District’s of Gosford, Warringah
and Hornsby / Ku-ring-gai. There were 6 fire and rescue scenarios, over
the morning, where two boats responded to a staged emergency. While we
didn’t win (Regentville did and before you ask, Regentville is up near
Penrith), it was good to get out, practise skills (especially working
with another crew) and get to meet all the other brigades we don’t
New Fireboat is
Hot on the heels of getting a new Category 7 truck for Elvina Station,
just before Christmas, we now have an approved budget for a new boat.
It’s interesting to note that Wets Pittwater 15 is the only operational
fire fighting appliance, still active, that saw action in the big 1994
fires. A lot of water has passed under its hull since then. So look out
for a new fire boat around Pittwater. It will be a flat bottomed punt
like the current one, but we’re looking at building some learning from
the current boat into it. Can’t wait.
Drop us an email
We’re always keen to hear from people, so drop me an email
(Gearl@bigpond.net.au) with any ideas of what you’d like to see in RFS
Corner, or even that you’ll be in South Elvina and would like a quick
tour of the station.
Anyway, all for now.
West Pittwater Rural Fire Service
Mobile: 0419 448 477
Remember the Fireman's Ball - see the notice above.
Prevention & Survival Briefings
We’d like to thank the 100+ residents who attended our recent briefings
at the Station. As mentioned by Graham in the West Pittwater
news, it’s NOT IF
we get a fire, but WHEN.
The best protection we all have is the collective preparation of every
single household. Of the many topics that were discussed, one
that kept coming up is the idea of small groups of neighbours getting
together to help each other. Get a few of your neighbours
together and look around your blocks, learn where you each have pumps,
hoses, etc and talk about your fire plans.Do you plan to evacuate
early, or stay and defend? Talk about it with your family and
neighbours so everyone is clear and knows what to do.
Date: Sunday 29th. March, 2009 in the morning...
Our catering for visitors is VERY special !!
Jim Macken Secretary
EARTH HOUR @ Avalon Beach
7.00-9.30pm Saturday March 28, 2009
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needs a rock'n'roll drummer
Would need his/her own kit. Great working
Contact Tim on 0416003205.