The Gooram Fire brigade is thrilled to have seven new operational members, all of whom have recently completed the General Firefighter training. Congratulations and a warm welcome to Cheryl Devanny, Deb Lacey, Cassie Douglas, Wayne Sullivan, Colin Arnold, Keigan Hicks and Rob Byrne.
The success of this training is a result of the commitment of the new members themselves but it is also due to the efforts of a number of CFA volunteers. The Gooram brigade would like to acknowledge the contributions of these volunteers and to thank them for the time and effort that they have put in, frequently at weekends: Neil Devanny (Brigade Training Officer) and Neville Davidson (DGO) and John Crowley, Colin James, Peter Cole and Paul Verbeek (Trainers and assessors).
New Water Tanks
The Shire of Strathbogie has recently installed three new 200000 litre water tanks in the Gooram area, one in Vidlers road, one in Killeens Hill road and one at the Gooram hall. These tanks are for CFA use and are intended to provide reserves of water in areas where in the past there have been shortages of reliable water for use in emergencies. The shire has undertaken to maintain water supplies in these tanks.
2021-22 Fire Restrictions
Fire restrictions in the Shire of Strathbogie for 2021-22 will come into force at 1am on Monday, November 29th. 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
The Gooram brigade has again had a quiet year with relatively few incidents. A small grass fire in Galls Gap road on Saturday, April 3rd occupied members for some time due to the fire having spread in to roadside trees. Gooram was supported at this incident by units from Strathbogie, Shean’s Creek and Euroa brigades.
The 2021 pre-season meeting of the Gooram brigade was held on Sunday, 31st October with over 40 members and residents present as well as Peter Dedman representing the CFA. The highlight of the meeting was the presentation of long-service medals to a number of long-term members of the brigade including Pat McCormick (50 years service). At a later date , Peter Dedman presented John King with a medal recognising his 60 years of service to the CFA. In addition, both Pat and John were also honoured with CFA Life membership awards. Congratulations to all recipients.