Lima South CFA has come a long way since May, when The Ensign reported on its struggle to recruit enough members to guarantee attendance at emergencies.
At the time Lima South brigade, Captain Robert White said the station only had 10 active firefighting volunteers and that number was simply not enough to guarantee getting the truck to every emergency.
However, a successful recruitment drive has seen the number of active members on the books increase to 30.
‘‘On May 26 the brigade held it’s election of office bearers and the meeting was very well attended by the public,’’ Mr White said.
‘‘The team immediately set about rebuilding the brigade with nine new members added to the team.
‘‘Our members now have a range of skill sets to fulfil the various job roles required within the brigade.
‘‘These include community safety and engagement, OH&S, training, accounting, record keeping, computing and technology skills.
‘‘And not to forget the practical hands-on people who often do their work on the fire ground.’’
Mr White said an intense training program had started in preparation for the coming fire season, with five new members completing their wildfire firefighting competency.
‘‘We have also gained three new tanker drivers in the process, which makes it much more likely we can get the truck out the door,’’ he said.
‘‘In a sense, we have come up out of the ashes and are better positioned to serve the community in the future.
‘‘We still have a lot of work to do but are now a more vibrant and viable brigade.’’
Mr White also wants to remind the public of the three steps to get ready for fire season:
1. Clean up around your home and all outbuildings;
2. Have a plan — write it down.
3. Be prepared — make sure you know how to enact your plan.
Lima South will be holding an open day on Saturday from 10am to 3pm at the Lima South brigade shed, 3237 Midland Hwy.
All members of the community are invited to meet and chat with CFA members.
The open day includes a free sausage sizzle and an opportunity for children to meet Captain Koala.
For more information phone Lima South 2nd Lieutenant Ross Coles on 0417351304.