Published: Saturday, 28 March 2015 07:59
Written by Lance Hartley
Tathra Rural Fire Brigade is looking for new members. Many of our members have moved out of the area for work or educational reasons which has left a big hole in the number of members we can draw on.
Fighting bushfire is a dangerous activity and as such each of our Brigade members must have the competence required to allow them to undertake this role as safely as possible. Our training provides members with the skills and knowledge to enable them to:
- Work safely on the fire ground;
- Improve knowledge of fire behaviour;
- Use various techniques to suppress a fire;
- Use and care for fire fighting equipment;
- Use and care for communications equipment;
- and Work in a team as well as provide leadership.
Published: Saturday, 14 February 2015 23:11
Written by Jason Lewington
The Brigade was called out to facilitate the management of live electrical wires that came down across two vehicles in Bega St, Tathra. The vehicles still had occupants inside and fortunately nobody was injured in the incident. The wires came down due to salt arcing out which is common in Tathra.
Like all other volunteer RF Brigades, a big thank you for your time and commitment.
Published: Wednesday, 24 December 2014 10:09
Written by Lance Hartley
Tathra Brigade have completed the construction of an LED variable message sign. Two thirds of the cost have come from the community - the rest from the Rural Fire Service Association. The Brigade members are very happy with the outcome and we have had many positive comments from the community.
The sign is already displaying a number of fire related messages and the Brigade will be keeping the community informed in the future with up-to-date fire information.
Published: Friday, 29 August 2014 09:12
Written by Marty Webster
The NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) has today declared the start of the statutory Bush Fire Danger Period (BFDP) for areas across the Far South Coast.
From 1 September any person wishing to light a fire in the Bega Valley and Eurobodalla local government areas will require a permit. “Whilst recent rainfalls have provided some relief from what has been a very dry winter, spring on the Far South Coast is traditionally our windy season. As we witnessed last year, these windy conditions are when we tend to see fires escape and become difficult to control.
“Anybody wishing to light a fire on their property during the Bush Fire Danger Period will require a permit from their local fire station or Fire Control Centre. Permit holders are obliged to read and understand the conditions on the permit which include notifying neighbours and the Fire Control Centre at least 24hrs prior to lighting any fire.
“However, even with a permit you need to check whether a Total Fire Ban is in force before lighting any fires.”
Superintendent John Cullen encourages all residents to have a Bush Fire Survival Plan, so all members of their household know what to do on days of increased fire danger, and if their home is threatened by fire. Remember that planning to make a plan is not the same as having a plan.
Residents should continue with other methods of hazard reduction such as slashing, mowing and brushcutting. The most important areas are those closest to assets such as houses and other buildings.
“We have all seen the devastation that bush fires can bring to a community, so I strongly advise residents to contact their local brigades and use their advice and expertise to assist in carrying out safe hazard reductions,” said Superintendent John Cullen.
“Residents also need to check to see if they require any environmental approvals. “Never leave a fire unattended and if a fire does escape, it is essential to call Triple Zero (000) immediately so that emergency services can respond accordingly and minimise the damage.”
For more information contact
Bega Fire Control Centre on 6494 7400