Teamwork, collaboration and some light-hearted banter… that pretty much sums up the motivation for a lot of our incredible 26,000 women and men who spend so much time and energy training, preparing and responding to local emergencies.
Have a read of the post below from the Cookernup VBFB – it’s what makes our family so bloody awesome.
Well done Yarloop and Cookernup – and thanks for sharing some of the work you do behind the scenes to keep our community safe.
For those who can’t click the link, here’s the post:
Much thanks to Yarloop Volunteer Bushfire Brigade who made time today for the Cookernup crew to get acquainted with their recently acquired 4.4B Fire Unit.
The opportunity provided time for members to find out where all the bells and whistles would be found if needed whilst those licenced to drive it were keen to see how it was going to handle on the road in the event that they might be called upon to do so in the future and they readily siezed the chance to take a quick lap around the block.
Obviously it was inevitable that one of our lot would ask “How will it go when you take it off road?”. Even more obviously inevitable was one of our lot also suggesting that we should find out, after all who wants to be heading into a dangerous situation and not know what their main firefighting tool is capable of?.
Needless to say that the last test run took a little longer than expected with the Big Rig proving not to be so soft sand friendly and our off road question was undeniably answered.
Yes we did laugh at the unfortunate test pilot but we also thanked him for undertaking the challenge and making us all aware of what terrain the 4.4B can and can’t safely or effectively manage.
The Big Rig eventually got back to the fire shed safe and sound with a little help from the much smaller fast attack unit and we all became a little more educated which was of course the intent of the day so we definitely achieved our objective.
*Note: No fire units were harmed during this training exercise however harsh words were certainly spoken.