Two years ago, Leading Firefighter Andrew Schulz initiated a series of mentoring tactical exercises without troops (TEWTs) to get District 24 crew and strike team leaders warmed up for the fire season.
Years on the fireground have led Group Officer Simon Armytage to formulate some golden rules:All you need at a fire is some water, a bit of commonsense and local knowledgeYou can ask a volunteer if they would please do something but don’t ever tell a volunteer what to do.If it’s dark and you’re on a strike team, you must have local knowledge.
Like so many CFA members, Pip Johnson has her own personal bushfire history. Her great grandmother put her children in the vegetable patch under wet hessian sacks and watched her life burn down in 1939. Her father was CFA’s first legislative officer around Ash Wednesday and Pip patrolled burn offs on a bush block from age six.
District 18's newest brigade Nyah-Nyah West Fire Brigade is functioning well having commenced operations on 1 July following the amalgamation of Nyah West Urban Brigade and Nyah District Rural Fire Brigades.