If you voted locally at the recent State Election you would have seen members of the Sturt CFS Group at the polling stations collecting donations. A significant amount of money was raised and the Group would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to all who contributed. This money goes towards essential equipment and in the past has been used to purchase such items as a defibrillator and a rechargeable light for use during night incidents. It will be well used!
Cherry Gardens brigade also held another open day recently at the station. These events provide a great opportunity for people to come into the station, meet the volunteers, and learn more about what we do. They’re also a good introduction for anyone thinking of joining the brigade. We were pleased to see so many people drop by on the day and several expressed interest in becoming members, both as firefighters and communications officers. Even if you didn’t get the chance to come along, we’re still looking for more members and we’d love to hear from you! Feel free to drop in on a Monday night at 7pm and have a chat.
The fire season may be coming to an end, but the brigade is still getting the occasional callout to fires in our area. The most recent was on Mahar Road, where sparks from farm machinery ignited dry grass and stubble alongside the road. With help from the water bombers, appliances from Cherry Gardens and Ironbank were able to quickly extinguish the fire. We remained on the scene for several more hours to ensure there were no hotspots remaining, which involved thoroughly wetting the ground with water and foam, as well as using a Fire Finder to identify patches of ground that might still be hot. Nobody wants to be called back to the same fire twice!
Fire season extended
A reminder that the fire danger season has been extended in the Mount Lofty Ranges until the 15th of May, and restrictions still apply. See the CFS website at www.cfs.sa.gov.au for more details.