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schWed, 08/05/2013 - 10:49pm

This coming Saturday (given suitable conditions) the NAC RFS Brigade will be carrying out a hazard reduction burn from behind the Community Centre down towards Promontory way and Beauty Point. Several other Brigades will be assisting. Anyone who suffers distress from smoke should perhaps go out for the day, to avoid adverse reactions. This is the first in a series of HR's planned so hopefully the weather will stay kind.

schWed, 01/05/2013 - 9:47am

The hazard reduction burn set for the weekend of 4th/ 5th May has been postponed, due to the fact that four members of our brigade will be undergoing assessment to become village firefighters(house fires). Residents will be notified of the new date as soon as it is known. Any smoke seen on Saturday to the north of the village will be members doing a small test burn to check if the bush is dry enough to successfully burn. All this of course is dependent on weather conditions, especially rainfall.

schFri, 12/04/2013 - 9:03am

The month of March saw some activity for the Brigade. We attended the Motor Show at Hawks Nest, a car fire, an MVA (motor vehicle accident) and assisted Tea Gardens Brigade at a hazard reduction burn. Two new recruits are nearing the end of their training, and will be undergoing assessment shortly. Their skill levels are high, so they should breeze through. We also have members preparing to undergo further training as Advanced Fire-fighters, Village Fire-fighters (ie house fires) and one who is shortly to gain a licence to drive the Cat 1 tanker. Bev Hughes has also completed her...

schThu, 14/03/2013 - 12:12am

Rain Brings Relief to the Fire Season, But is a Mixed Blessing.

The North Arm Cove Rural Fire Service had a very quiet month in February, with no call-outs However the 1 st March made up for this in spades, with three call-outs on that day. The torrential rain overnight meant that many homes were flooded. Where the water was deep enough the Brigade was able to deploy its portable pump to remove it. A tree branch which fell on a resident's car also brought down a line so it was once more into...

schTue, 19/02/2013 - 9:56am

At the February meeting of the North Arm Cove Rural Fire Brigade, Sarah Kemble from the RFS attended to explain the Community Protection Plan that is being developed for our village. Given the extremely high level of risk to the Cove in event of a fire, this is deemed to be of the utmost importance. The Plan, which is still in Draft form, requires input from our Brigade, and will be worked on at the February training day. When finalised (hopefully by the end of March) it will go on permanent public display, and also the village will be door-knocked...

Calling for volunteersschTue, 22/01/2013 - 11:16am

Attention All Able-Bodied Villagers! Your local Rural Fire Service is in desperate need of members able to train as volunteer fire fighters. We need to be able to field at least two full crews in event of a major fire, and at present we have great difficulty doing this.

Our active membership is rapidly reaching or has reached retirement age, so it is important to have younger fitter people on board. Full training is given, and there are many side benefits and areas one can specialise in that can enhance your personal and professional development. So...

schTue, 22/01/2013 - 11:09am

Report of NACRFS January Meeting. December is the time of the year when Santa does his annual “Lolly Run” and sure enough the children of North Arm Cove and Carrington received their annual treat from Santa in the Big Fire Truck. There was much whooping and wailing of sirens and we apologise to any who thought there was a major disaster in the area! This years event was sponsored by KWA Painting of East Maitland, for which we are most grateful.

The fire season is well and truly upon us, with dry conditions and record-breaking...

schMon, 15/10/2012 - 11:23pm

The NAC Fire Station has undergone further refurbishment with the installation of a desk for the computer equipment and new shelves for the storage of paperwork/records relating to operational matters of the Brigade. The slate floor is undergoing repairs and will be sealed. All this together with the new kitchen makes a greatly improved environment for member training sessions, meetings and general office activities.

A hazard reduction burn is still planned for the area north of the village, but as yet no date has been set. September was another quiet month for call-outs, but with a dry summer predicted,...

schThu, 13/09/2012 - 9:22pm

August was another quiet month for the NAC Brigade, with three call-outs, and Neal Cook, Bev and Ben Hughes spending five days assisting at Kempsey. Ben Hughes was presented with his First Aid Certificate – congratulations Ben!

Maureen Kelly attended the September meeting to give a progress report on the recording of the history of the Brigade. She has completed interviews with relevant members past and present, and is now keen to meet informally with Brigade members to gain some anecdotes, for an amusing angle on firefighting.

The Brigade received a Fire Note from the Bushfire Cooperative Research...

schWed, 15/08/2012 - 11:51am

The North Arm Cove Rural Fire Service requires the services of someone who can act as their Callout Officer. This person would be contacted by Fire Control in the event of an incident and this person would then contact members of the Brigade in order for them to attend. The person for this position would need to be someone who spends most of their time at home, and would suit a non-active member of the RFS or someone who would like to join as a non-fire-fighting member. Whilst not an onerous task, it is one that is essential to...

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