Fire brigade sparks excitement
THIS patch of bare ground on a corner at Wildash will soon become one of the small community’s most valuable resources.
After 55 years of the Wildash Rural Fire Brigade’s existence, secretary/treasurer Eileen Scott and member Liam O’Dea were happy to discover the group had received $63,000 in funding for a fire shed.
“Liam called me and I just cried, I had to ring him back to make sure he wasn’t having me on – it was very exciting,” Ms Scott said.
The keen member organised a Family Fun Day event at her Cherry Gully property and night at Cherrabah in an effort to raise funds, which has certainly paid off.
The brigade recently received a new Nissan patrol appliance to help them keep their expanding region safe from bushfires.
“The shed gives us a base for operations, to facilitate training and lift our profile in the community,” Mr O’Dea said. At the annual general meeting this week Mr O’Dea stepped down after 20 years as chairman, and Peter Keogh took on the position.
“I have seen us progress from using a wet bag to using the new appliances we have today,” Mr O’Dea said.
Chairman – Peter Keogh
Fire warden – Peter Maher
First officer – John Maher
Second officer – Andrew O’Dea
Third officer – Ben Dybal
Training officer – Russell Marsden
Equipment officer – Gordon Miller and Marty Dintre
First Aid officer – Cathy Blake