Published on 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
Published on Thursday, 12 June 2014 09:37
Written by Lance Hartley
Today we are pleased to award both the Tathra Post Office and Tathra Uniting Church - Op Shop - with "Certificates of Appreciation" - for their continued support over the years. The financial donations are always welcomed. We are planning to put an electronic (LED) sign plus wall at the front of the Station so that drivers coming into Tathra will be updated with the latest Fire - related headlines. This project is about 10 weeks from completion and the financial aid from local businesses such as these make it possible to upgrade our facilities.
We hope the LED sign will be a useful addition to keeping our community informed.
Published on Sunday, 18 May 2014 10:22
Written by Anthony Taylor
The Tathra Sunshine Club is a club of surfboard riders of all ages. It was formed in 1983 and is a not-for-profit group and it annually passes on some of the dollars that have come its way — from events, sponsorships, etc — to local groups.
Its the same group that annually organises what used to be known as the Cooge Classic, a surfboard riding competition. “Cooge” was the nickname for local Surfer Bruce Meaker who died many years ago — and the Cooge Classic was inaugurated as a memorial competition in his honour. The event is now just called “The Classic” and this year will be held over the long weekend June 7-8.
Above, the President of the Tathra Sunshine Club, Michael Clarke, presents Anthony Taylor, President of the Tathra Volunteer Rural Fire Brigade, with a cheque for $200. Clarke said the group appreciated the work the Rural Fire Service did in fire fighting in the Tathra district."
The Sunshine Club continually support the Tathra Fire Brigade with large donations and to that we say a most sincere thankyou.
Published on Monday, 12 May 2014 09:20
Written by Shane Fitzsimmons
Today we join thousands of volunteer organisations around the nation to mark the 25th National Volunteer Week, 12 – 18 May.
The theme is “Celebrate the Power of Volunteering”.
In NSW we saw the power of volunteers clearly demonstrated during the recent bush fire season – the busiest in more than a decade. NSW RFS volunteers responded to 14,956 incidents from August 2013 to March 2014, including more than 6,600 bush, grass and scrub fires.
This week we say thank you to all our volunteers for your extraordinary efforts to protect your communities, not only during a challenging 13/14 fire season but all year round. Whether you participate in firefighting, community engagement, training, logistics, brigade support or communications, you are a valuable and integral part of our service.
On St Florian’s Day recently I had the privilege of honouring twenty individuals and three teams for their achievements– many of them volunteers like Senior Deputy Captain James Burge who received the Commissioner’s Commendation for Bravery, and the Lower Hunter Group 8 Community Engagement Team who were presented with a Commendation for their award winning and nationally recognised model of engaging with local communities.
NSW RFS volunteers come from all walks of life. Our more than 70,000-strong volunteer workforce is made up of men and women of all ages, occupations and backgrounds. As part of National Volunteer Week, we are celebrating this diversity by featuring volunteers on Facebook, and through our Ausgrid photo competition “NSW RFS volunteers – part of our community”. We will also announce the winner of the NSW RFS Cadet of the Year Award on Wednesday at a special ceremony with the Minister for Emergency Services, The Hon. Stuart Ayres MP, at Parliament House.
Once again I invite all of you to celebrate the power of volunteering this week. For more information about what’s happening around the country please visit Volunteering Australia’s website www.volunteeringaustralia.org
Published on Sunday, 11 May 2014 08:37
Written by Lance Hartley
Extract from Better Health Channel; http://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au
If the heart stops pumping, it is known as a cardiac arrest. Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is a combination of mouth-to-mouth resuscitation and chest compressions that delivers oxygen and artificial blood circulation to a person who is in cardiac arrest. It can be life-saving first aid. A heart attack occurs when the heart is starved of oxygen.
A heart attack can ‘stun’ the heart and interrupt its rhythm and ability to pump. This is because the heart does not receive enough oxygen and cannot pump blood around the body. There is no heartbeat (pulse) because the heart is not working. The medical term for a heart attack is an acute myocardial infarction (AMI).
When the blood stops circulating, the brain is starved of oxygen and the person quickly becomes unconscious and stops breathing. Without treatment the person will die.
Read more: Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)