Tamborine Times 15 January 2015

I was living in Canberra during the 2003 fires and I remember the feeling of wanting to help, but not knowing what to do. Last year, I joined our local Tamborine Mountain Rural Fire Brigade because I wanted to be able to help when help was needed. I knew nothing about fire behaviour or mechanical equipment. In the year since joining, I have learned about the nature of fire, how to operate a pump, how to operate a branch and fire hose and how to work as part of a team. Each time I go to training or to a fire scene I learn more about fires and firefighting equipment. I have also volunteered at a few community functions – I think this has become my favourite part of being a ‘firie’. I hope I never have to fight a large fire on Tamborine Mountain, but now I feel as though I could be helpful if it ever happens. Please come along and find out more about becoming a Volunteer Firefighter.Meetings are held every Tuesday at the Fire Station at 6.30 pm.

Amanda O’Neill

CRISCOS Provider,St.Hildas School

Training Firefighters like Amanda, plus the day-to-day running of a Station, maintenance of it’s trucks and it’s crew, let alone actually traveling to, and dealing with fire fighting, costs money, more than you can imagine. Which is why, starting a New Year, we’d like to thank every one of you for your past financial help. Now we start off 2015…..

On Australia Day, Monday January 26th, your Brigade will be at The Bowls Club in Beacon Road, where a gold coin donation gets you a full day of fun,- pig races, cricket on the green, barefoot bowls, face painting, fairy floss, sausage sizzle, raffles, and even a secret auction. It was such a success last year that, very generously, Manager Chris Sims has offered us a repeat. The Bar will be open at 10am if you’d like an early start, and festivities kick off from 11am till late. Come and have a fantastic day and help your local Brigade at the same time!

Greg Lincoln

First Officer

Tamborine Mountain Rural Fire Brigade

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