The cross-border, inter-brigade relationship between Parwan and Eynesbury brigades is still going strong after ten years.
Eynesbury brigade members were recently invited to join Parwan brigade members for a training session at the newly completed Central Highlands Victorian Emergency Management Training Centre (VEMTC) near Ballan.
Situated south-east of Bacchus Marsh, Eynesbury Fire Brigade was first registered with CFA in July 2012, following significant residential growth in the Melbourne outer fringe area.
Parwan brigade members were integral in the establishment of the Eynesbury Fire Brigade, supporting future Eynesbury members with training and mentorship and ensuring they were fire-ready by the time construction of the new fire station in Eynesbury was completed.
Eynesbury brigade has grown from strength to strength since their formative years, though the brigade is still well supported by Parwan brigade.
Following the joint training session, Eynesbury brigade took its light pumper truck to Parwan Fire Station for a familiarisation session.
Parwan brigade returned the favour by inviting Eynesbury brigade to participate in a training session using the Pentland Group mobile training prop, which is housed at Parwan Fire Station.
These inter-brigade training sessions are full of skill sharing, learning new lessons and relationship building.
Parwan Lieutenant Lisa Cruickshank said the opportunity to come together across district boundaries has been invaluable.
“We have seen positive working relationships between the two brigades, both in training and when responding to emergencies,” she said.
Eynesbury Captain Kylie Newton agreed, saying members have really embraced the relationship between the neighbouring brigades.
“Training together really helps members learn from each other, build skills and identify future learning opportunities,” Kylie said.
“It's wonderful to have such a solid relationship, which not only benefits both brigades but also has a positive impact on the wider community.
“As captain, I'm proud that our brigade has maintained the connection that was started ten years ago. It also makes it easier to support each other on the fire ground, as we work together to protect life and property.”