Busy year for CFS brigade

THE 2013-14 year was another busy and testing year for the Naracoorte CFS brigade.

Brigade captain Shane Smith reported to the annual meeting that a total of 138 incidents were attended, which amounted to 1746 man hours to go with 4320 non-incident man hours.

The incidents included 10 structure fires, 20 grass/scrub fires, 24 vehicle accidents with six rescues, 11 assist ambulance calls, 26 fixed alarms, three assist police calls, seven vehicle fires, nine tree down incidents, one assist council, one gas cylinder fire and one cave rescue. The other 19 incidents were of a minor nature.

Between October and February the brigade was extremely busy, attending 65 incidents with a total of nine strike teams and several deployments for large grass and scrub fires.

The brigade averaged 11 members for incidents and an average of 14 at each training night.

The brigade ladies auxiliary remained very active during the year supplying food and drink for incidents and helping raise money for the brigade.

The cadet program is ongoing with seven cadets training every second Monday at the station.

Over the past 12 months three cadets have gone on to become firefighters within the brigade.

The Naracoorte CFS brigade is seeking the help of the community to raise funds for some special cutting equipment for use in motor vehicle accidents.

Naracoorte CFS brigade member Owen Duffy, who has since moved from the area, helps load up a car to be towed away after an incident during the year.

Naracoorte CFS brigade member Owen Duffy, who has since moved from the area, helps load up a car to be towed away after an incident during the year.

With new, modern vehicles on the road, more road crash incidents are resulting in people becoming trapped due to in-built safety features of cars.

Although the rescue gear the brigade currently has is capable of doing the job it is seeking to purchase some Lukas S-120 mini cutters.

These cutters are specially designed for cutting brake pedals, steering wheels and seats while people are still trapped.

The cutters are only 14 inches long and have a cutting power of 41,140 pounds and are operated by one person.

The cost of the cutters is $4516 and the brigade has started a fundraising campaign with letters sent to businesses and community groups.

Donations can be made to the Naracoorte CFS brigade, for more information or a tour of the station contact captain Shane Smith on 0418 825 626.

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