Shoreham Rural Fire Brigade - Current Roles (2018)
The Shoreham Rural Fire Brigade has been operational since 1949. At present, the following members hold key roles.
- Captain - Tony Wain
- 1st Lieutenant - Alan Machin
- 2nd Lt. - to be filled
- 3rd.Lt. - Rob. Patrick
- 4th. Lt. - Michael Wilding
- Community Safety Coordinator - Rob Patrick
- Secretary & Treasurer - John Lorkin
- Apparatus - Mike Wilding
- Communications - Sue Wilding
- Training – Tony Wain
- Health & Safety Officer - Dani Hulyer
- Group Delegate - Tony Wain
- Volunteer Fire Brigades of Victoria delegate - John Lorkin
- President - Brian Alcock
The biennial election of officers is scheduled for June 2018.
Invitation to join the Shoreham Rural Fire Brigade
The Brigade is seeking 4 – 6 new firefighters, male or female.
The Brigade needs active firefighters in the 30 – 45 age group.
This important addition would assist greatly to correct the current age imbalance with an increasing number in the 60+ age group. At present, there is a serious problem looking to the near future about our effective operational viability to respond to fires to protect community members and their properties.
Any interested community members in the above age group are most welcome to contact:
- Tony Wain on 0407 557 292, Rob Patrick on 0408 429 944 or John Lorkin on 0490 519 001.
Alternatively they would be most welcome to visit the Station on any Sunday between 9 and 10am to discuss the requirements of volunteering and to inspect the station.
Fires over Summer 2017/18
The critical summer period was below the concerns anticipated at the start of the fire season. The level of “turn outs” in the Shoreham area was minimal.
However, the brigade supported other brigades at the following fires:
- In January, a major fire at Carrum Downs and Skye. Our crew manned our “big fill” pump for over 7 hours to provide water to tankers fighting the extreme fire.
- In January, a serious grass/scrub fire in the industrial estate in Cemetery Road, Hastings.
- In February, a major fire at “Ten Minutes by Tractor” restaurant in Main Ridge which destroyed the adjoining warehouse containing stock of valuable wine, vintage tractors and other stock valued at $500,000. The damaged asbestos cladding was a major environmental, health and safety issue. The fire took in excess of 2 hours to bring under control; 12 tankers and 60 volunteers attended.
- In February, a grass/scrub fire in Paringa Road, Red Hill.
Community use of the fire station
In 2017, the fire station was the venue for
- a wedding
- a 40th birthday party
- SCA committee meetings
- SCA’s “Morning Cuppa”
- SCA-sponsored Tai Chi classes
- Shoreham-Flinders Bee Group meetings
- a carers group meetings.
Community members are welcome to use the Station facilities. Contact Rob Patrick on 0408 429 944. Brigade approval must be obtained and some conditions apply, notably the need to arrange Public Liability Insurance. Please allow at least a month beforehand.
In an emergency call 000 (zero, zero, zero)
For written correspondence and donations please contact:
Shoreham Rural Fire Brigade,
PO Box 283,
Shoreham VIC 3916
For telephone contact please ring 0490 519 001
What Number Are You? ...and how would anyone else know?
You call the CFA or other emergency service, give your street and house number, but valuable time is wasted if your house does not have a clearly visible house number. The CFA requires all residents to put their house number on their house or fence for identification.
CFA Fire Ready Kit and FireReady app
The Fire Ready Kit has been designed to help you understand your risk, prepare your property and develop a bushfire plan. It can be downloaded at http://www.cfa.vic.gov.au/plan-prepare/
You can find information about the CFA's FireReady app and how to download it here.
The photo gallery at right shows some interesting photographs highlighting our work in recent years.