Congratulations to Rural Fire Services NSW District Manager, Superintendent Viki Campbell, on being Central Coast Council’s Australia Day Ambassador. I have extended my thanks to Superintendent Campbell and her team at the Charmhaven Fire Control Centre. RFS Central Coast contained the eastern edge of the Three Mile fire before Christmas, stopping that fire from spreading through to the Central Coast.
RFS volunteer fire fighters from the Central Coast have also been deployed to other regions and have had a massive role in the Blue Mountains, the NSW South Coast and the northern coastal areas. Some have been fighting fires since August.
Strike teams from Central Coast RFS brigades have been deployed to other regions and their bravery deserves to be recognised and remembered. I am sure many of you saw the video footage of volunteers from the Wyoming RFS driving through a fire storm on the NSW South Coast. It was a chilling reminder of the danger our volunteer fire fighters face.
The Central Coast’s community spirit has shone through with many giving generously to the RFS, devastated communities and those working to care for wildlife.
I thank them on behalf of the whole community.
The Central Coast District of the NSW Rural Fire Service (which includes Lake Macquarie) is made up of 2300 volunteers who have been actively fighting fires since last August.
Unfortunately the communities of Kulnura, Charmhaven and Blue Haven have not been spared this fire season but strong leadership and the bravery of volunteers have saved most of the community from the utter devastation experienced in many other parts of Australia.
There are many volunteers working behind the scenes and I was pleased to meet Olivia Carter, Treasurer of the Wyong Caterers’ Brigade, just before Christmas.
The caterers are based in a big shed next to the fire control centre at Charmhaven and have been working tirelessly to prepare food parcels for volunteers to take in their trucks and on to the fire grounds. They’ve also prepared countless meals for the stream of volunteers coming off shifts.
Many local people have contacted the RFS looking to join up and help out. While significant training is involved before anyone can become a volunteer fire fighter, there are many ways you can support the RFS. The Caterers’ Brigade is certainly worth considering. If you are keen to help out, contact Wyong Caterers’ Brigade Captain Kim Wright via @wyongrfscatering on facebook.
Volunteers are inspirational people who deserved to be recognised.
To each of the local RFS Brigades, thank you: Wamberal, Matcham/Holgate, Berkeley Vale, Tuggerah, Ourimbah, Wadalba, Warnervale, Charmhaven, Yarramalong, Kulnura, Dooralong, Wyong Operational Support Brigade, Wyong Caterers’ Brigade and Central Coast Communications Brigade.
If you would like to contribute here are some organisations you may wish to support.