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Caravan park training
A successful training session was run by the Ocean Grove brigade for the local caravan park industry, on Friday 20 December 2013.
Local CFA volunteers Adam Wakeling, Mat Geerings, John Wynn and Lee Bickley did a great job explaining what people can do to help the CFA, demonstrating extinguishers, firefighting trucks and gear, and explaining that keeping hydrants clear and well-marked helps. The training involved talks, demonstrations and hands-on experience.
The attendees were given information on changes to legislation (conducted by CFA Fire Safety Officer Peter Hamilton), their own safety and responsibilities and how they can work with the brigade in emergency situations.
The burning of a caravan at the event emphasised just how quickly things can happen. The participants were amazed at how rapidly the caravan was alight and melted away.
Originally developed by word of mouth, the brigade now books the local and surrounding caravan parks each year. Participation has doubled from previous years with 50 people attending the morning.
Feedback from the day has been extremely positive - 'a great learning experience' was the main comment from attendees.
"This has been a great initiative of the Ocean Grove brigade volunteers and is tailored for the caravan park industry," said Officer in Charge Ian Beswicke
"It has grown over the years from just involving local caravan parks to involving caravan parks from across Victoria,' Ian said.
"This is something that other brigades could do to better prepare caravan parks in their areas. We would be happy to supply interested brigades with information and the format used for the day."