TILLIGERRY RFS was literally ‘blown away’ by the recent donation of a $1000 firefighting appliance similar to a leaf blower. It was funded by the Tilligerry Lions Club.
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Getting a life-saving back burn going can be a big problem to our firies as it burns slowly into the wind from the drip-torch line. With the blower, the fire is blasted into the scrub towards the bushfire which then sucks the backburn towards itself and goes out with no more fuel to feed it. The blower can also be used to clear fire trails which saves hours of work using the traditional Mc Leod tool (a broad type of rake). Small fires can also be blasted out using the turbo charged blower. It could also be employed tidying up leaf litter around the station as well.
People wishing to make donations to the RFS are asked to take them directly to local brigades as there are (unfortunately) numerous scams operating and some charities cream off a large percentage of donations as ‘administration’ fees. This ensures that funds are used locally to improve the efficiency of our unpaid volunteers.
Tilligerry RFS meets on a Saturday at their station just off the main road at Tanilba Bay and collection tins are prominent on the counters of retail businesses around the Peninsula. They are still looking for more members who are interested in long-term commitment to the cause.