June 7, 2016

A new sub-station for the Oakville Rural Fire Brigade has been opened, thanks to many years of fundraising by the brigade, says NSW Rural Fire Service Senior Assistant Commissioner Bruce McDonald.

The sub-station, on Pitt Town Dural Road at Scheyville National Park, is “a testament to how diligently and tirelessly the Oakville Brigade volunteers have worked,” Bruce says.

“Together, over many years, these volunteers managed to fundraise over $100,000 towards the overall cost of the sub-station.”

With 70 years of service, Bruce says the 160-strong volunteer rural fire brigade at Oakville protects the community from bush, grass and house fires as well as a diverse array of incidents such motor vehicle accidents.

The Oakville Rural Fire Brigade looks after the 64km2 from Vermont and Pitt Town to Oakville, Cattai, Marayla, Mulgrave, McGraths Hill and Vineyard area.

They train every Tuesday evening and Saturday morning at the main station on Bocks Road at Oakville, and have a strong group of junior members aged under 16, Bruce says.

Bruce says that the Oakville brigade is thrilled that they now have the space to comfortably fit their trucks and vast array of equipment used frequently when responding to emergencies.

The brigade welcomes new volunteers to join them, says Bruce.

“Those wanting to be active firefighters are given comprehensive training provided by the NSW Rural Fire Service,” he says.

“Members are also encouraged to take additional courses in 4WD and tanker driving, operating chainsaws and first aid, depending on their role within the brigade.”

Bruce says that the volunteers remain on-hand 24 hours a day, seven days a week.“Our volunteers also actively provide community fire education and training sessions whenever possible,” he says.

Oakville Rural Fire Brigade, 218 Bocks Road, Oakville. Visit oakville.rfsa.org.au or call 8678 2986.

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