Rural Fire Service Day gets local brigades together
THE Miriam Vale Rural Fire Brigade Group was on hand on Saturday to show off its selection of brigade appliances and educate the community about looking after their properties.
But more importantly, it was also the first time the group has been together since last year's flooding events around the area.
The Baffle Creek Rural Fire Service Day was held at the sporting grounds, with about 11 vehicles and their respective brigades attending from Wartburg, Agnes Water, Captain Creek, Turkey Beach, Rosedale and Rockhampton.
They were joined by Mt Larcom, Baffle Creek and Rosedale SES groups and plenty of market stalls.
Wartburg Rural Fire Brigade third officer and volunteer community educator Judy Ferrari said it was a big day for the brigades.
"We're like a brotherhood, the brigades around here," she said.
"After our weather event last year it was hard for the emergency service workers and this is the first time since that event that all of us have got together.
"We'd gone through all of that, and many people were so affected, but we weren't exactly talking about the floods so much. No one's going to get over it but we're moving on."
On show was the Agnes Water brigade's heavy support appliance - a 12-tonne vehicle that carries 6000 litres of water.
Mrs Ferrari said the tanker was used across the group area.
"The whole vehicle can turn up (and) unfold, and it has marquees, generators, extra fuel," she said.
"Almost every fire it's been out to."
Three hundred people attended the event and were also treated to a bushfire simulator from Rockhampton, which went through the process of how a bushfire could begin and progress.
"It was about showing people they need to be prepared, and how they should be looking after their properties," Mrs Ferrari said.
"It was a big hit."