A cheque for $10 thousand dollars was handed to Yellingbo CFA Captain Paul Spinks at Woori Yallock on Tuesday 12 June, enabling the brigade to complete work on its mobile rehabilitation unit.
The truck provides much needed welfare support to firefighters during incidents, helping to minimise heat related illnesses and ensuring quick recovery while also delivering much needed resources to the incident scene.
“It’s going to buy additional cooling chairs, tanks to provide clean water for the cooling chairs and also 8 extra BA cylinders and another marquee,” Captain Spinks said.
“It will finish it off. It will be a vehicle we can use at any incident, anywhere in the state.”
RACV Insurance Head of Motor Claims Sue Jellie said the money was raised by the company’s suppliers and repairers as a way of demonstrating their appreciation for the work of dedicated community groups.
“It’s fantastic to really experience exactly the benefit to the community. We think there are a lot of synergies between CFA and the work that we do” Ms Jellie said.
“We often come in after the event and try and support communities get back on their feet. Any opportunity we have to offer support to the community is very worthwhile. Thank you very much to volunteers who give up their time and it’s great to see the dedication that everyone puts in to help support local communities.”
One of only two rehab units in existence, Captain Spinks says Yellingbo’s is the fruition of the hard work of the brigade’s volunteers and the community.
“A lot of the materials and labour were actually donated by local businesses and the volunteers and the time they put it has been remarkable. Everything from the basic design of the vehicle, the metal work, it was a new concept totally different to anything anyone else had done so a lot of time went in to just getting it off the ground.”