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Getting youth involved in local brigades

Last week the juniors went out to see the recent control burns in Marysville.

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Mar 4, 2024

NOW the school term is well underway, the Triangle Junior Fire Brigade is back into the swing of things. So far, the group consists of seven youths with ages ranging from 11 to 16 years, from the triangle area including Taggerty, Buxton, Marysville, Narbethong and Granton, and the organisers are calling out for anyone in this area to join.

The group is run by Will Koster, Greg Lawrence, Kellie Fielder, and Carmel Denham who makes sure the children don’t go hungry on the night.
A couple of weeks ago the group suited up and got to learn about water, including how the fire hoses work and adjusting the water flows, and learning the difference of what type of water flow is used for in various scenarios.

Last week the group took a tour of where the recent control burns took place in Marysville, in order to be familiar with what a fire ground looks like, and to learn the very important procedure of a burn over drill.

The juniors getting experience with the fire hoses and their different pressures.
The juniors getting experience with the fire hoses and their different pressures.

Will explained, “A burnover drill is when you put the truck into defensive mode by closing windows, vents, pulling down the fire shields, and putting on protection sprinklers, which is what you do if your truck is at risk of flames hitting.”

This group isn’t a competition brigade, which most junior brigades are. Will said “We are more about teaching the children about what they need to do if there is a fire, teaching how fire…

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