RFS visits the new Lisarow (Gosford) Hall Site
With the several major bushfire incidents on the NSW Central Coast in 2012 and 2013, the abundant scenic bushland does pose a significant threat in the region. In recognition of this, the Plymouth Brethren Christian Church at Lisarow rallied together to give a presentation to two nearby Rural Fire Service (RFS) brigades.
The presentation included a gift of $500 each to both the Matcham and Narara brigades to assist in acquiring much-needed equipment in this essential service. Attended by all brigade members, four shiny firefighting trucks and various community members, the occasion proved an excellent opportunity to show plans of the forthcoming Church to be built on the site.
In what will prove to be a valuable asset to the whole community, large-volume water storage on-site will be made available to fire services in the event of a fire in the area and the church will be available as an evacuation area/centre.
In true form to make it interesting for all ages, RFS members demonstrated various equipment – from lights, sirens, radio communication to backburner devices, spray shields and breathing apparatus.
The complimentary tea, coffee and muffins were gratefully received by RFS members (despite the rain) along with their own personal issue of the hard copy books Firestorm (Victoria Black Saturday fires) and Flood, Horror and Tragedy (2011 QLD Floods).
With the recent devastating fires around NSW, we are reminded once again of the incredibly important role that the Rural Fire Service fills. It is a much-needed, much appreciated volunteer-based organisation.