Photo: (left to right) Billy Trezise (Bannockburn), Jess Tate (Bannockburn), Will Key (Grovedale), Nick Wojcik (Belmont).
CFA has boosted its capability in the tourist community of Lorne during the holiday season by deploying additional resources to the township until mid-January.
Around 30 extra volunteers from CFA districts 6, 14 and 15 have opted to help as part of an arrangement to have a crew of four firefighters on standby each day, ready to respond at any time.
The program has been in place in Lorne over the past few summer tourist seasons to provide an added safety benefit to locals and tourists in the area.
The roster began on Boxing Day and will run until 15 January 2023.
CFA Commander Wayne Aylmer commended participating volunteers for being generous with their time during the holiday period, to keep the community safe.
“This program supports Lorne Fire Brigade through a period when the brigade members are heavily committed to their businesses and work commitments and the population in the town grows significantly,” he said.
The outsourced volunteers are primarily committed to urban response and smaller incidents such as children locked in cars, car accidents, campfires or barbecue incidents.
“Members from the local brigade will still continue responding, however this arrangement will provide them with much-needed support to deal with the increase in demand.
“We always appreciate the ongoing commitment of our volunteers to keep their communities safe.”