Also setting up 3200 cups of water at the 5kms water station was the Selby Brigade Support Team, formerly known as Auxiliary.
BST members eagerly anticipate working alongside their firefighter colleagues on this and many other occasions. The former captain, Sandra Jenkins, encouraged involvement of non-operational members in all brigade activities and functions.
We enjoy the Race day and camaraderie despite ending up wet as those 3200 runners don’t look where they throw their water-cups! After the clean-up we finish as usual with a shared cuppa and a laugh.
The Selby Brigade Support Team is a harmonious, closely-knit group which, as its name suggests, supports the brigade in many ways such as maintaining a clean and safe workplace, and ensuring that we don’t run out of coffee! BST members are considered an important part of the brigade with closeness of this relationship being enhanced during the 2009 fires. Whenever firefighters returned to the fire station from the fire-ground, regardless of time, they were greeted by BST members with a hug and refreshments before being driven home. That closeness, mutual support and respect continues today and is the envy of many other auxiliaries.
Of course the BST raises funds – for Tanker 2, equipment and now a replacement slip-on. We are expert sausage sizzlers, and since most of us are part of the Dandenong Ranges Feeding Group we can cater for small and large groups with gourmet sandwiches our specialty. We can be involved in as much or little as we choose. Along with firefighters we play an integral role in our community, spreading CFA messages in events such as Selbyfest, Platypus Day and the Brigade Fair.
Living in a bushfire-prone area, most BST members have undertaken some safety training. Under the guidance and encouragement of our captain Neville Aldham, we are currently being trained to defend the fire station in a situation where our firefighters and trucks have turned-out.
To those other auxiliary members whose skills and talents are under-utilised – talk to your captain and get more involved with your brigade as both you and your brigade will benefit.