Nillumbik Council and local CFA brigades to conduct joint exercise

Published on 09 November 2017

Yarrambat Lake photo of CFA and Council exercise

Fire-fighting volunteers and staff from six local CFA brigades will join forces with Nillumbik Council to test equipment and processes ahead of the 2017/18 fire season.

The annual joint exercise, to be held at Yarrambat Lake this Thursday (November 9), will help familiarise CFA volunteers and Council staff with each other’s equipment.

Council staff and crews from Arthurs Creek, Diamond Creek, Doreen, Mernda, Panton Hill and St Andrews will practise pumping water from the lake into various brigade tankers, including council’s own fleet of tankers.

Nillumbik Council Mayor Peter Clarke, who will also attend the exercise, said the event was another example of the partnership between council and the region’s CFA brigades.

“Joint exercises like this one highlight the close working relationship we have with the CFA and other emergency services agencies to ensure our community is well prepared for the fire season,” Cr Clarke said.

“If needed, council’s tankers are able to pump water from lakes, dams and fire hydrants transferring it to a central staging area making it easier and faster for CFA tankers to refill.”

What:          Joint CFA and council bushfire preparation exercise
Where:        Yarrambat Lake, 657 Yan Yean Road, Yarrambat
When:         Thursday 8:30am-10am

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