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Phillip Island Fire Brigade opens its doors
Sunday 13 November was the day the community came to the fire station.
Story by Scott Hamilton
The Phillip Island Fire Brigade held its Open Day and under fantastic weather conditions over 100 families and locals visited the fire station to find out what goes on at Phillip Island Fire Brigade. The brigade prides itself on being a part of the local community and this was a great opportunity for the brigade to give back to its community.
A highlight of the day was the display of the brigade's two new firefighting tankers. These new trucks greatly improve the brigade's capability to protect the residents and visitors to the island.
CFA has supplied a 4.4 heavy tanker and the other new tanker is a 2.4C tanker which has been supplied through a partnership between the State Government (through a VESEP grant), CFA and Phillip Island Fire Brigade. Phillip Island brigade contributed significant funds to this tanker. These funds come about through the fantastic support of the Phillip Island community and during the day these supporters were recognised and presented with certificates of appreciation by Phillip Island Fire Brigade.
The brigade took the opportunity to dedicate the new brigade-owned 2.4C tanker to the memory of former Life Member Geoff Burrell who dedicated his life to the Phillip Island community. In the presence of his family, the new Tanker 2 was named in his honour and a plaque was unveiled on the tanker. Geoff was a dedicated member of our brigade and Phillip Island Fire Brigade is proud to be able to dedicate this truck to Geoff’s memory.
A sausage sizzle was run during the day and there were plenty of activities for the kids. As always, the fire hose and siren in the trucks were a great hit (and with the big kids as well!). Captain Koala visited and entertained the children as well.
Phillip Island has approx. 8,000 permanent residents but over the summer period this population explodes with up to 3 million visitors annually to Phillip Island. These visitors come for the world famous Penguin Parade, motorsport such as the MotoGP and V8 Supercars, natural attractions such as the National Surfing Reserve and other major events that the Island attracts. These additional residents (up to 100,000 over hot weekends in summer) create significant additional risk and pressure on Phillip Island and surrounding Brigades. The brigade is served by a Type 3 pumper, two tankers and an FCV.
The Phillip Island brigade is busy preparing for what is shaping up as another dangerous fire season and we would encourage all land owners to prepare their properties now before it’s too late. This includes reviewing or developing your own bushfire plans. Information on this important activity can be found on the CFA website www.cfa.vic.gov.au
The Phillip Island brigade would welcome anyone who is interested in volunteering with us. Why not pop into the station on a Sunday morning from 10am or Tuesday night from 7.30pm and find out about your local brigade and have a look at our fantastic new fire trucks.