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Operation Booze Bus
It was not the sound of a pager that got members of Nar Nar Goon brigade to the fire station at 10.30pm on Friday 15 March. The brigade had been asked to participate in a police operation to close the Pakenham bypass for the purpose of breath testing drivers.
It was a busy Friday night with the NAB Cup Grand Final, but this didn't stop three booze buses from being set up in a location of the Pakenham bypass where you had no way to go except to drive through and "breathe until I say stop".
The brigade had the most important job of all - cooking sausages to keep police members fed so that the never-ending task of breath testing members of the public could continue.
A rescue page on the other side of our area even before the BBQ was lit didn't prevent us from being involved in a unique event and strengthening ties with fellow emergency service crews. The night was a success for not only police but for brigade members involved, as we got to see the other side to the process and procedure of booze bus operations.
We were quite happy to crawl into bed at 3am to get some much needed sleep before the pager decided to go off next. The life of a firefighter never stops!
Adam Rollings, Communications Officer