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Council & Fire Brigade
unite against bushfires
by Ben Phipps

Caloundra City Rural Fire Brigades, in conjunction with Council and the Maleny Garden Club, have launched a campaign to mark rural water points with a reflector, so fire brigades can easily source water during bushfires.

The voluntary campaign urges residents who have a swimming pool or dam, to have a blue reflector placed on their letterbox by the council, so fire brigades can draft water during a bushfire emergency. Caloundra City Rural Fire Brigade Deputy Group Officer, Peter Pammet, said at the launch, “If we have a bush or house fire, we need access to water quickly.  Unfortunately we often waste precious time searching for a clean and accessible water supply.  “If people have a dam, bore or pool that is accessible to our fire trucks, we are asking them to contact their local Rural Fire Brigade, who after checking the location, will organise to have a blue reflector placed on their rural street number or letterbox,” Mr Pammet said.

Originally the Maleny RFB received funding from the Maleny Garden Club Inc. to undertake the idea locally, but soon after, the Council, impressed with the proposal, agreered to launch the campaign as a city-wide, council funded initiative.

The campaign only applies to residents in rural areas, who do not receive town water.  The rural fire brigades are hoping that the community will support the campaign, to ensure that they have safe and quick access to water during an emergency.

For more information contact your local Rural Fire Brigade:
Maleny 5499 9879 or 0417 071 591 (b/h only); Peachester 5494 9564; Coochin Ck 5494 0512 or 54 940 755; Crystal Waters 5494 4626; Glasshouse 5496 9363; Conondale 5435 8110; Landsborough 5494 1285; Council 1300 650 112.

Maleny 1st Officer Tony Stroud, left, launches the campaign with Peter Pammet and Peter Golledge and Gillian Macleod from the Garden Club.

Our thanks once again to Cameron & Tanya Outridge
of the Range News Newspaper for this story.