With fine weather and a lot of cars passing on the Great Ocean
Road, the Anglesea CFA opened its doors with a sizzle to mark the
beginning of fire season. Visitors were encouraged to share a sausage
with members of the crew, buy a raffle ticket and take a closer
look at the equipment used.
A bad fire season is being predicted by many of the experts. Low
rainfall, high temperatures and high levels of bush fuel make a
combustible mix. The Anglesea CFA has already attended 3 grass and
bush fires this season, in and around Anglesea.
The most recent was at Pt Addis, where a fire, which began in the
car-park was blown by high northerly winds over the cliff and out
to sea. (See photo) A week earlier, a small grass fire took hold
in the heathland opposite the Heath Land Tea House situated at the
bottom of O'Donohues Road. The CFA quickly contained it and put
Anglesea CFA members meet every Tuesday night at 7.30pm at the
CFA Station for either Training or Information Sessions and on occasion
for social events. A good night was recently had at the Geelong
Go Kart Track by some of the more adventurous members.
highlight of the day was the involvement of other CFA Brigade members.
Phillip Wall, Brigade Support Officer from Geelong came to talk
to locals and visitors. Robert Hyland and his son Jarrad drove from
Macedon to set up and run a 3 dimensional interactive educational
Robert is employed in the Bushfire Blitz Program and travels the
state educating both children and adults alike, about the dangers
of household appliances and house fire hazards. Jarrad works at
the Melbourne Head Office as a SECC support officer. He is one of
the people responsible for the text messages sent over the CFA paging
When a new recruit has passed training requirements, they are issued
with a pager. This is a quick means of communicating fire details
to those on call.
The Open Day was used to not only show the public what the CFA
and its members do in a community such as ours but also to encourage
visitors, males and females, to think about becoming involved in
the CFA as volunteers.
2 possible recruits were signed up. 10 dozen sausages were consumed
and Mrs. Julie Hinds, mother of six from Thornbury, Melbourne, won
the fire bear raffle.