Volunteers return to boost Lorne peak period response

Member News image Bob Ackland (Geelong West), Murray Middleton (Torquay), Liam Beasley (Geelong West), Aiden Stary (Highton) and Eric Messer (Anglesea) are among volunteers boosting Lorne Fire Brigade's capacity during the busy season.


A committed group of around 30 CFA volunteers from District 7, 14 and 15 will help Lorne Fire Brigade by responding to daytime incidents within its response area during the busy summer tourist season.


From Sunday, 26 December 2021 to Monday, 10 January 2022, CFA’s District 7 will deploy an additional pumper to Lorne to help protect the residents and visitors to the Surf Coast area.

The pumper will also return from Australia Day, 26 January, until 30 January.

Each day, four volunteers will travel to the Lorne township and participate in a rotating day shift roster, ready to turn out to an incident if required.

CFA Commander and Surf Coast Catchment Officer Wayne Aylmer said the way volunteers had put their hand up for this initiative was testament to their incredible commitment to help communities outside of their own.

“We bring them down for the day and they respond to urban incidents such as children locked in cars, motor vehicle collisions, fire alarms in buildings, bin fires on the foreshore,” he said.

“It’s a fairly busy time so they’d usually get called at least once a day and it means our regular brigade members don’t have to drop everything at a time that a lot of them are really busy themselves, working in hospitality and other seasonal occupations.”

Lorne Fire Brigade Captain Lee Holmer expressed his gratitude to all volunteers rostered to help this summer.

“We’re only a little brigade in a town of about 2000 people – but that can jump up to 25,000 over summer,” he said.

“A lot of our members work in hospitality and this is a really busy time for them, so having that support during the day means a lot. Having the extra pumper and crew from 9am until 7.30pm means they can focus on their businesses and jobs. By the time the crew leaves, our members have finished up at their shop or restaurant and we can respond to any incidents.”

Crew leader Eric Messer, who usually volunteers with Anglesea Fire Brigade, is one of the volunteers who expressed his interest. He is rostered to help out in Lorne six days this season, after volunteering seven days last year.

“I’m retired so this is a good way of being able to support the community,” he said.

“The other volunteers helping out today are from Highton and Belmont brigades in Geelong – one’s an ambulance paramedic, one’s a student and one works at Bunnings, so they’re just fitting this in amongst their other commitments. There’s various reasons why people contribute but it’s not an unpleasant way to spend a day!”


  • Member News imageVolunteers from District 7, 14 and 15 are boosting Lorne Fire Brigade's capacity during the busy summer season.
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