New Ultra-light tanker
In December, 2019 it was announced that the Gooram Fire Brigade had been successful in its application under the Volunteer Emergency Services Equipment Programme (VESEP) for assistance with purchasing an Ultra-light tanker to augment the fire-fighting capacity of the brigade.
In order to meet its share of the cost of the Ultra-light tanker the Gooram fire brigade launched a fund-raising campaign in the local community. This campaign attracted widespread support from the Gooram community and as a consequence the brigade was easily able to meet its share of the vehicle’s cost.
The Ultra-light tanker, a Toyota Landcruiser modified and equipped for fire-fighting purposes, was delivered to the brigade in July, 2020 and brigade members immediately commenced training to familiarize themselves with the vehicle’s features and capabilities.
New member training
The Gooram Fire Brigade has been actively recruiting new members and currently has approximately 18 new members waiting to undertake the basic training course, a figure that represents a considerable increase in the number of operational firefighters in the brigade. While much of this basic training has to be completed on-line due to restrictions introduced in response to the coronavirus pandemic, the Gooram brigade will be undertaking additional hands-on training for new recruits using the brigade’s own equipment and vehicles and in accordance with CFA guidelines for such training.
2020-21 Fire Restrictions
Fire restrictions for 2020-21 will come into force at 1 am on Monday, November 23rd. Until then it will still possible to undertake burn-offs, subject to the requirement that the CFA be notified. The number to call before lighting up is 1800 668 511