WITH all of NSW in the vice like grip of drought, volunteer firefighters are looking ahead to what could be a serious bushfire season.
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Tinder dry scrub, the buildup of ground fuel and dire weather predictions all point to perfect firestorm conditions waiting to engulf the State.
The Tilligerry Brigade is honing its skills in preparation for the earlier than expected call-outs.
News Of The Area caught up with them recently on the Worimi land at Tanilba Bay where they were using the dam water to practise open and closed circuit pumping techniques.
These skills are essential in rural areas as there are no water mains which can be tapped from stand-pipes connected to urban hydrant points.
Long time Captain George Brandenburg said that the Brigade always welcomed new members.
“Long term commitment is what it’s all about”
Captain Brandenburg said, “We invest a lot of time and effort in training recruits and in return, we expect that they will be there for the long haul.”