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As a Brigade, we have a dedicated hardworking group amongst us who give their time to form the “Sturt Group Operations” team. Cherry Gardens CFS is in Region 1, which covers the Mt Lofty Ranges and Kangaroo Island, and we are in the Sturt Group.

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A Defensive Fire Training Course was recently held at the Cherry Gardens station on June 1&2 2019. Pictured is a training scenario on a venting gas bottle, which is under the control of qualified instructors. Carrying out training such as this helps keep us prepared for such events.

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CFS Air Support

In July a few of our volunteers will be attending the Firebombing Load Supervisor & Airbase Manager training at Brukunga and then on November 3rd we will be doing our Region 1 Airbase Operator Skills Maintenance refresher training at the Cherry Gardens Air Strip.

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Editorial

Just prior to ANZAC day, we were called to perhaps the biggest event in the area for many years, as shown in the aerial photo. A fire broke out to the north of the western end of Cherry Gardens Road. During de-briefs after this event we discussed any learnings. Please be aware of access to properties for the appliances – overhanging tree branches, gates not wide enough etc.

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CFS News

I have been asked many times why we voluntarily give up our time and occasionally leave our families in order stay active in the CFS. Here is a personal account of one of our members and their journey to becoming a fire-fighter - Joining the Cherry Gardens CFS Brigade has been one of the best things I’ve done.

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Well summer is now over, and the weather definitely seems to have turned with cooler nights, shorter days and daytime temperatures not getting above mid 30’s. Ever wondered about the difference between “Bushfire Safer Places” and “Bushfire Last Resort Refuge” as designated by the CFS and local Government?

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Pictured is a great group of diverse people with a wide range of skills that come together when needed to protect and make safe our fantastic part of the world. On behalf of all of us, thanks for the support and charity we receive - be it through our recycling efforts, donations or just a friendly wave as we are out and about.

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It’s hard to believe another year has passed by. It was certainly an eventful time for the brigade. In the past few months we’ve been fortunate to have a number of new members join us, both as firefighters and radio operators. Our station has also undergone a facelift in the last few months.

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This month has seen us busy again with various jobs around the community, most of which were minor in nature and straight forward to resolve. As we move toward the end of another year (how fast did that one go?) I thought it a good chance to look back and cover some of the achievements and challenges we faced in 2018

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We hope everyone’s winter is going well and it is good to report we still have been relatively quiet at the time of writing this article. The warning siren (pictured) is sounded at the Cherry Gardens station at 0800 every Friday to ensure it remains serviceable. If there is a local Cherry Gardens fire emergency, the siren will be sounded at that time to warn the area, otherwise there will be just the short test at 0800 on Friday.

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Looking at last year’s statistics the top reasons we were responded were severe weather/natural disasters (47%), structure fires (7%) and Vehicle accidents (5%). Winter is a time when all of these issues have an increased likelihood, so it is worthwhile taking a moment to consider these situations, prepare your properties and talk to family members.

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With winter now here, it may pay to reflect on the 17/18 fire season. Although not solely a winter issue, we are currently preparing some of our members to attend their Breathing Apparatus (BA) training shortly. This is a very physically demanding and intense course.

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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.

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