The Nethercote Brigade of the Rural Fire Service (RFS) will increase its community education role and member training after receiving a grant from the NSW Rural Fire Service Association (RFSA).
The brigade’s resources now include a laptop computer, a whiteboard and stationery cupboards, all purchased locally, which will furnish a new training space.
Community engagement officer Toni Lackey invited interested people to the next meeting, held on the fourth Monday of each month (February 25).
“Anyone interested in learning about fire safety or joining the RFS is welcome to attend the Nethercote Brigade training nights at 6pm on the fourth Monday of each month,” she said.
“A key role of the RFS is to educate the community about bush fire in order to keep them and their properties safe.”
“There are some excellent resources put together by the RFS, such as the Bush Fire Survival Plan, and it is our aim to get this information out to residents.
“We are grateful to the RFSA for this money as our new training space will help our volunteers to be better informed and enable us to run information sessions for local landholders.”
The Brigade also secured funds for signage to appeal for new members.
The RFSA offers a grants program to improve the welfare of volunteer fire fighters and to support initiatives that would benefit the wider community.