In addition to attending grass and forest fires, motor vehicle accidents and supporting other agencies at house fires along with the SES call outs in their area and in close by brigade areas, members also undertake other community engagement activities.
These include but are not confined to organising community information days, assisting at emergencies in other district in NSW and interstate as well as being part of the Bay High School Cadet Programme.
Some of the recent community activities members have been involved in are listed below:
Bay High School Cadet Programme
The Eurobodalla Shire Rural Fire Service has been sponsoring and mentoring year 10 students at the Batemans Bay High School as cadet RFS members. Last year this saw many of the students become active members of their local brigade and again there are potential new members coming from their ranks again in 2013.
The Malua Bay RFS Brigade strongly supported the programme again with it Cat1 tanker and a crew of at least 3 being on site each day over the two weeks. The students attended in two groups for one week each. They wereprovided with classroom tution by RFS District staff backed up by practical hands on experience from volunteers. They learnt how the various applicances work, how to assist in structure fires, what needs to be done on the ground in supressing wild fires and the issues that may arise at motor vehicle accidents. The students will continue their tuition during the 2013 school year.
Other brigades also attended the training days and these brigades were, Batemans Bay, Surf Beach and Broulee.
The link "cadet programme" will take you some of the scenes at the Bay High School in the second week of the cadet programme.
Guerilla Bay Community Meeting
To get fuller understanding of the critical issues in protecting your property and your community Helen Riedl the secretary of the Brigade coordinated a meeting at Guerilla Bay in January 2012. This well attended meeting heard about ways you can reduce the risk of fire impacting on your home and that of your neighbours. There were liitle tricks to knowing where to look for the risks - whether that is clearing your gutters, looking at where leaves accumulate, getting vegetation away from near your house or the protection that a colourbond fence can give you. I was emphasised that preparedness is a whole of community task, if some people get ready for the fire season and others do not then general readiness will still be low.
While the District and Regional staff did the bulk of the presentation brigade members were also in attendance. In was a good chance after the meeting to talk individually to residents about their concerns.
Rosedale North Community Meeting
Malua Bay Community Meeting
Sect 44 support at Taree
Wagga flood clean up