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Scotland Island - Western Shores - Mackeral Beach
- March 2009 -
Notices for Offshore Residents of Pittwater, Australia
March 2009


Elvina Bay Fireshed Dinner





Help us celebrate Autumn - enjoy a gourmet BBQ, fine wines and refreshments and good company!

ADULTS 7.00PM $15


FIREMAN'S BALL - Saturday, 28 March
The Scotland Island Rural Fire Brigade is delighted to once again invite everyone to attend our premier bi-annual event - the Fireman’s Ball.  This gala black-tie event 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. 

Date:              Saturday, 28 March 2009
Time:               7pm – midnight

Venue:           Scotland Island Rural Fire Brigade, Catherine Park, Scotland Island

Dress:             Black Tie

Cost:              $60 including food & music

Tickets:          PMC Hill Real Estate, Church Point or Jenny on 0411 405335

Digital Photo Workshop - Pittwater YHA
3rd - 5th April 2009

We still have vacancies for this workshop.

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 the image to open

RFS Corner....
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.

West Pittwater 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
Time 2:30pm
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).

Victorian 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.

McCarrs Creek Pump Day
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.
Combined 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 usually meet.

New Fireboat is Coming
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.
Graham Earl,
West Pittwater Rural Fire Service
Mobile: 0419 448 477
Email: Graham.Earl@sun.com

Remember the Fireman's Ball - see the notice above.

Bushfire 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.

Coasters Retreat Brigade AGM
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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You Asked.. 
Joes Garage needs a rock'n'roll drummer
Would need his/her own kit. Great working conditions, etc.

Contact Tim on 0416003205.

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