The brigade was kept busy this week for all the good reasons. Monday and Tuesday evenings were dedicated to training and Friday night was the Christmas bash.
Monday involved training on the new burnover protection tools. These involved the new in-cab breathing devices-allowing 30 minutes of air in case of a burnover, the new truck sprinkler systems that give at least five minutes of protection to the trucks and the new vehicle tracking devices, that allow users to monitor truck locations. (Video available here)
Tuesday the auxiliaries took over, working with both the Rural and Coastal brigades, filling up trucks from Gunyulgup dam. Efficiently filling six trucks constantly for 90 minutes, they showed what could be done if the power goes out in the region. It was also a good opportunity for the two brigades to work (and play) together.
Speaking of play, Friday night was the annual Christmas party, again well managed by Mitch at Egis’ restaurant, The Barnyard. FCO Fish thanked the volunteers and their partners for their contribution during the year and Mitch thanked Captain Matty, in absentia, for his dedication during the year. A good time was had.