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Tamborine Times 4 January 2016

Australia Day at The Bowls Club

Seems it rained everywhere on Australia Day except over the Tamborine Mountain Bowls Club! The Rural Fire Brigade held their annual fund raising Event at the Club. What a fun day, with a great turn out of locals and Firies. The jumping castle was set up on the green, then came face painting, local Police playing barefoot bowls, raffles, a sausage sizzle and exciting pig races. The bar inside was packed, the restaurant full, and some locals kicked off their shoes to dance to the DJs music,while kiddies were driven non stop in the little fire truck round the green. Read more ›

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Thunderbird Park Jan 2016

Jan 12 2016

Between Tamborine Mtn Rd and Tamborine Oxenford Rd

On Saturday the 2nd of January at 18.26, I received a phone call from Max, one our fire-fighters, to advise of smoke in the area of Thunderbird park. Parking on the access road to Thunderbird park Max took 2 pictures and SMS’d them to me, the smoke was due east of the park.

I then looked at the Rural Fire Service Incident page on the web for any permitted burns in the area, with no burns in the area I then phoned the 1st Officer from Tamborine, Terry was able to look up the mountain from here he was at Tamborine he advised me that the fire appeared to be just below the Salvation Army facility on Macdonnell Rd Eagle Heights.

I rang Firecom to advise of the fire in progress, asking them to page our fire-fighters to meet me at the station. On my way to the station I spoke to Kent who had arrived at the station, the first objective was to confirm the location of the fire by triangulation. I asked Kent to send 41 to the cnr of Jourdana and Tamborine-Oxenford Rds, 52 was to go to 190 McDonnell rd. After I arrived at the station, I sent 51 to Maipu St and I proceeded to North st in 81.

It was established quickly that the fire was indeed just below the Salvation Army facility, from North St I was the only location that was able to observe the fire to the point of seeing flames.

52 was the first to the Salvation Army facility and tried to locate the fire unsuccessfully, it became obvious that we would have to proceed to Thunderbird park, hopefully to gain access to the fire, at this point we new where the fire was geographically but not how to get to it. At approx 20.45 we had located a track and 41 was the first on scene to start fighting the fire. With Matt and Michael busy fighting the fire I proceeded to survey the fireground and call in 51 and 52 as the track was suitable for them to proceed.

The fire had burnt out a large area by this time and was burning on 3-4 fronts. 51 using the high pressure hose was working on the northern flank working in a west to east direction, 52 was working on the southern flank in a east to west direction, 52 was also supplying water to 41 as by this time had run out of water, I contact Firecom to give them a sitrep and request a medium truck from Tamborine brigade.

As our nearest water source was the dam adjacent to the park headquarters I asked 52 to setup the portable pump there when they went back down the hill to get water, by this time 51 from Tamborine had arrived and was refilling our 51.

Due to the size of the area burnt out and the location of the fire down each side of the ridge-line it took considerable time to make the fire safe, by 02.30 on the Sunday morning I deemed the fire had been put out with only a couple of smouldering stumps, safe enough to be left as rain was expect later in the day.

A huge effort was put in by our fire-fighters especially Michael, Matt & Paris along with John and Iain due to them having to work their way down the side often slipping and falling on the steep terrain, work they way back up the hill to move the hose and then return down the hill to fight the fire.

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Tamborine Times 10 December 2015

Tamborine Times Thursday 10th Dec 2015

Spring on the mountain has seen changeable conditions which have favoured some Brigade activities, but not others. Despite forecasts to the contrary, we have had numerous small rainfall events which have permitted the welcome survival of greenery, whilst also contributing to the further growth of possible fire prone weeds. The rain has also meant that apart from a number of large stack burns, our ability to carry out effective hazard reduction burns on the mountain has been limited. We note the recent very high leaf fall – do the trees know something we don’t?
We had a team assisting with a large hazard reduction burn adjacent to the Wyaralong Dam, which was useful training for our members and the chance to compare our operations and equipment with other brigades in the Scenic Rim area.
Locally, we have extinguished a tree fire arson at Knoll Road National Park, assisted the Urban Auxiliaries with water supply to house fires at Laheys Lookout and Holt Road, while helping SES with two rescues and providing traffic management at several motor vehicle accidents and a flood event. These are all part of our brief to assist with the “all hazards” approach now the standard for all Rural Brigades. We have also had a very active role in preparing a command vehicle and mobile station for the use of any brigades in our area in the event of a major bushfire.
Another important role of rural volunteers continues with the growth in numbers of the Volunteer Community Educators, many of whom you will have met at our fundraising events or at other sites such as the Council ‘s ‘Welcome to the Mountain’. Their recent activities include; deployment to Fernvale to do welfare checks on the community which had been affected by a supercell storm with damage to numerous homes and structures, and many education events in the Logan area due to the more than average house fires and resulting in loss of life and injury. Much loss could have been averted had there been working Photo Electric smoke alarms installed in the homes.
One of the perennial problems associated with control of any fire has been dodgy communications. Many reports mention the failure to communicate or mistakes made with communication at wildfires. The Queensland State has recognised this with its adoption of a multi-million dollar 15 year contract with Telstra to provide a modern, secure radio network with interoperability between the fire services, police, SES and surf life-saving, ultimately for most of the state but initially rolled out in our area. This excellent service has practically eliminated our radio black spots and should prove its value many times over.
As you can see from the above, the Scenic Rim Regional Council has accepted the challenge of raising funds to support the many brigades in their area by means of a modest levy on landholders, quite separate from the urban resident levy. This continues to be the mainstay of our operational support, paying for diesel, truck maintenance, some advances to our protective gear and disposable supplies. We have many requirements outside these strictly operational needs, for which we continue our fundraising activities like assisting with parking at the regular markets, supporting the Craft Extravaganza each year and assisting with Open Gardens on the mountain. The generous cheques from these businesses, the recent highly successful U3A concert at the Zamia, the orchestral concert at St Georges church, and your many private contributions, ensure that we can strive to provide the community with a service of which we can all be proud.
May you all have a safe and happy Christmas.
Just two reminders:
Review your fire plan
If it’s flooded – Forget It

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Holt Rd House Fire

On Thursday the 15th of October Tamborine Mountain Rural Fire Brigade was turned out to assist Auxiliary firefighters contain a house fire at 5 Holt Road.

The page was received at 08:21, shortly after, two medium attack appliances responded to the incident to provide water for Urban trucks. Rural firefighters assisted to provide water for urban crews until the fire could be brought under control and extinguished. Units from surrounding areas also attended the incident to aid local crews.

All occupants of the home were accounted for and there were no injuries.

Both Auxiliary and Rural brigades commented on how well the incident was handled and how great QFES, QPS, and QAS worked seamlessly to achieve a common objective.

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Hazard Reduction Burn at Wyaralong 25/10/15

Wyaralong testTM51 left the TMRFB station at 0700 with Maria driving, Peter Wilson, and me as first-time crew leader.
Some confusion in locating the site; Google ignores the number for 1660 Beaudesert-Boonah Road and shows the location half way between the two towns, at Allan Creek. Just as we were about to radio for detail we were passed by the first of many appliances who seemed to know where they were headed. We followed. Incident Control was on a peninsular surrounded by Lake Wyaralong, next to ‘The Overflow’ homestead. Crews from about a dozen brigades attended, and Caroline was there with her new catering van, the ex-ambulance that our brigade worked on a few weeks ago.

The prepared maps showed two separate burn sectors, but ongoing negotiations with stakeholders meant that these had been superseded by a whole area burn. We’ve measured this at about 2.6km east to west, with an area of 250hA. The country is undulating, sandy soil, with immature plantation eucalypts, a light understory of mature grass with patches of mature blady grass. Easterly winds with a predicted wind change towards the north meant an Ignition Point (IP)at the extreme south-western corner of the burn area. Access was by a track parallel to the highway along the southern boundary. From the IP the track continues north to the lakefront.

Two sector commands were established, ‘Highway’ along the southern boundary and ‘Dam’ north towards the lake edge. TM51 was assigned to Highway Sector.

Dam Sector, with room to manoeuvre and favourable winds, quickly extended their burn to the north along the western boundary. To the south, Highway Sector was operating on a narrow grassy track between the proposed burn boundary, and a new, five-strand barbed wire fence; so close that a truck door opened on that side would get jammed between the barbs. The logistics of so many appliances on the one narrow track meant a slow start and inevitable traffic jams as we all tried to get behind the IP.

A 2-man crew in an appliance from Greenbank worked with TM51 setting the fire on the ground and blacking out the edge. Light, variable, winds were unfavourable, with several spot-overs over the barbed wire to the highway side, into a heavy fuel load of regrowth timber and blady grass. The truck following us was fully occupied dealing with these, with the fence between them and their appliance. Progress was slow upslope until we reached a ridge line and clearer air.

TM51 returned to IC for lunch and water around 1130, and were back on the fireground around 1200. We became the last appliance on the track, blacking out, dealing with spot-overs, and cooling flare-ups with a potential to spot-over.

Deputy Commissioner Emergency Service Volunteers Mike Wassing had arrived informally as we were lunching at IC, and came down to our area wearing very bright PPE, in the care of a young FF who put him to work with a drip torch. Good one, Mike.

We returned again to IC for water via the northern boundary, filled from a pump in the lake, (without having to take a swim) and returned to the fireground. The burn was now into the eastern half, and again we were Tail End Charlie. Trees were coming down, all small stuff. Peter and I attended to several tree fires, while Maria tooled TM51 around washouts big enough to swallow the truck.

This was the first full day using the GWN Radios. Not long after lighting up, we found that the TAC channel was unable to carry the traffic of the two sectors, but a new TAC channel for our sector quickly got it sorted.

This is what worked for me:

  1.  Turn the radio on and the volume up to max.
  2. Lock the channel settings.
  3. Stick the radio in a pocket and fasten it down.
  4. Control volume from the extension speaker/mike.
  5. Reaching into a pocket to change volume you’re most likely to turn the ‘does nothing’ knob, or turn the radio off! (How do I know this?)
  6. You don’t talk to IC on the IC channel; that’s Firecom. Talk to IC on the TAC channel, using the call sign “(Incident name) IC this is…”

We found out the hard way that it’s all too easy for the duress button to be activated by buckles or other gear while getting in and out of appliances. Maria noted that there was very little of the usual chat, “water on” etc. Perhaps people were still unsure of the new radios.

We were the last appliance off the fireground, and after debrief and refilling with water, called in Code 4 around 1830, code 5 at 1923, and home with a glass in hand around 2030. Thanks everyone for a good day’s work.

Iain MacPhail

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October 2015 Craft Extravaganza

After 3 very successful days at The Craft Extravaganza, the successful winners of the raffle were drawn by Councillor Nigel Waistell, local Rural Fire Brigade Member Maria de Koning, and Lloyd Holloway. The Mitre 10 Barbecue and tools were won as 1st Prize by Alisa from Ballina, 2nd Prize went to Sandy Dobie of North Tamborine who will enjoy Georges Restaurant but has asked to donate the hand made shawl to Roslyn Lodge, a lovely gesture. 3rd Prize, the hand made quilt goes to Wendy Gilston, and 4 th Prize, a hand crafted wood turned fruit bowl made by the Brigade’s First Officer, Greg Lincoln, was won by Lyn Brisbane of Dalby.

The Brigade would like to thank everyone,l ocals and visitors, for their support in helping with this fund raiser. The next Craft Show will be over the Mothers Day weekend. See you all there.

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The U3A Concert

U3A Concert Crew 2015

U3A Concert Crew 2015

U3A President Grahame Griffin and Committee Member, Frank Rotherham, last week were pleased to present the cheque, for $3100 from all the profits made from their two Zamia Theatre Concerts on September 12 & 13 to Greg Lincoln as 1st Officer of the Tamborine Mountain Rural Fire Brigade. Greg thanked both the U3A and our local Community for their generosity and support, including all the local artists who gave their professional talents so freely on the Brigades behalf. “Thank you so very much for putting together a wonderful weekend of Concerts showcasing local talent as a Fund Raiser for the Tamborine Mountain Rural Fire Brigade. Such professionalism given on behalf of the Brigade was outstanding and extremely generous. Funds raised by the Event will go a long way to continue the updating and ongoing maintenance of our fire trucks and equipment.”

The amount was boosted further by the raffles held on both days, and the Brigade are grateful to the following local businesses for their generosity. Tamborine Mountain Creative Arts, The Village Green Grocer, Eagle Heights Butchery, The Last Tango, Nth Tamborine Butcher, Joseph’s Green Grocer, Three Little Pigs, Nth Tamborine Newsagency, Flower Patch on Main and Heritage Wines, Tamborine Mountain News and Tamborine Times.
The Brigade wants to thank everyone involved for helping them to help you.
What a great weekend! THANKYOU.

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Rural Fire Brigade Concerts

Fund raising concerts for our local Rural Fire Brigade will be held at the Zamia Theatre 7.30 pm on Saturday the l2th September, and at 2.30pm on Sunday the 13th of September. Local musicians, singers, performing groups and comedians have donated their time and talents to entertain you and assist our Rural Fire Brigade.

Please keep these dates in mind so that you can help our R.F.B. and enjoy this concert. The Rural Fire Brigade is very important to all of us who live or work onTamborine Mountain. These men and women are all volunteers; let us make sure we support them, as they support us.

You will also see some excellent entertainment. The concerts are being run by Tamborine Mountain Universiry of the Third Age (U3A). The Zamia doors will open 30 minutes before the concert starts. Matinee tickets are $ 18 adults, $9 children, and will be on sale at the ‘Spice of Life’ from the 17th of August, any remaining tickets will be available at the Zamia 30 minutes before the matinee starts. The matinee is unreserved row seating. The evening is reserved seating $25 adults, at tables of eight and will have a cheese and biscuit platter on it kindly donated by local Witches Chase Cheese Co. Also BYO drinks and food.

For reservations call Rob 0422368161 or for more information call Frank 55453116

Greg Lincoln – First Officer

 

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Tamborine Times 6 August 2015

In preparation towards the next fire season,our light fire-fighting appliance has recently undergone a major upgrade. This vehicle was due to be replaced in 2020 but the Management Committee decided at a recent meeting to keep the vehicle until 2025. The decision that had also been pending for sometime was to have a turbo fitted to improve the power as the vehicle was greatly under powered.The new turbo adds 30% more power to the engine at no extra fuel cost. At the same time, the tyres and rims were replaced to improve safety and handling.
In my last article I talked about Emergency Services Cadets starting on the Mountain but unfortunately only 1 Adult Leader has come forward to assist. You don’t have to be a part of Emergency Services to become an adult leader, in fact you could be a parent of an intended cadet. If you are able to spare a couple of hours per week it would greatly assist the programme and for further information or to express your interest, please contact Nicole from PCYC on 0429 346 303 .
A few weeks ago I wrote that Frank Rotherham, as committee member of the U3A Group on the Mountain, offered to organise concerts at the Zamia Theatre in September, with all proceeds after minimal costs, coming to the Rural Fire Brigade.
Well, in about 6 weeks time it’s on! There will be an Evening performance on Saturday, September 12 th at 7 pm,as well as a Matinee show on Sunday the 13 th at 2 pm. Tickets will soon be available from Spice of Life, or through Frank on 5545 3116.
Look out for the posters, and the banner is already up in Main Street with details.
There will be tables of 8, and our other latest Supporter, Tamborine Mountain Cheese Factory, is donating a cheese platter to every table. Thanks Meredith.
Almost 20 individual performers will feature per each show, with talent like Fodor, Marilyn Matheson, Laurence Manitzky and many many more.

Thanks to Frank and everyone involved for an amazing opportunity for a great purpose,and we hope to see you all there.

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Mike Wassing Visit

Deputy Commissioner Mr Mike Wassing (Rural Fire Service) visits the station.

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