Cherrybrook Rural Fire Brigade held their annual Santa Run on Christmas Eve, spreading the Christmas cheer to all big and small around Cherrybook. With Santa riding on the truck, to wish the children of Cherrybrook an early merry Christmas, before flying around the world. During the Santa Run the brigade also raises vital funds for The Children’s Hospital at Westmead.

This year the brigade set a new milestone after raising over $2,800 for the Children’s Hospital. Thank you to the generous community for their donations. And the brigade looks forward to seeing you again next Christmas.

All of our members have been busy throughout December and January. Glenhaven Brigade have been busy helping our community and those in surrounding areas who are recovering from the recent storms. We have been involved in fire fighting operations at Maroota South, both on the ground and in the air. We also have one of our Deputy Captains assisting in the Tasmanian fires.

Training has resumed every Saturday afternoon, so you may see us in your street developing our skills and knowledge. Please say hi, and let us know if you have any questions or concerns about the fire risks in your area. Summer has been a mix of heatwaves and storms, two types of emergencies that Glenhaven Brigade are trained to help in. With more extreme weather forecast, we all need to be aware of the risks to your health and property. We particularly need to think of those most vulnerable in our community such as the elderly, young children and those that are unwell.

Our pets and livestock also suffer in the heat. Please consider their needs too. It is better to prevent an emergency than react to one. Most people have a plan for what they will do during a bush fire. Unfortunately, not every plan will withstand the test. Take 5 minutes to improve or make a plan that will give your property, your family and yourself the best chance of survival should you be threatened by a bush fire.

Go to https://www.myfireplan.com.au/ The Brigade continues preparations for a Bush Fire Hazard Reduction Burn in the Larapinta Place area. If you see any of our volunteers out and about preparing for this please feel free to ask us any questions you have. You can also contact us directly through our email or Facebook. Have you ever thought about joining our brigade? Its friendly and inclusive.

You will meet like-minded people, make new friends and discover your local community. You will gain experience in a variety of roles – there is more to it than just firefighting, such as community engagement, training, radio communications, catering, logistics, and planning.

Contact glenhavenrfb@gmail.com for more information. If you see us out  and about, don’t be afraid to give us a big wave!