Unit faces disbanding

Help needed now: Elingamite Glenfyne CFA brigade members Greg Free, Nigel McConnell, Peter Rosolin and Geoff Anson are crying out for new members, with the unit’s future in jeopardy.

NEW blood is needed in the Elingamite Glenfyne fire brigade unit or its future is in doubt.

A declining population coupled with larger farms are just a few of the reasons behind the drop in member numbers, according to brigade captain Greg Free.

He said the unit’s future will ultimately be decided at an upcoming community meeting.

Mr Free said a recent meeting saw the unit unable to fill leadership positions.

“No one wanted to take on a position, if we can’t fill the positions of captain, secretary et cetera then you can’t have a brigade,” he said.

“We only have about six to eight active members; 16 to 20 would be ideal.”

Community members are urged to get involved with the brigade before it is too late.

“If they (the community) want a service, they’ve got to help provide it,” Mr Free said.

“The hassle (if the brigade was to fold) is the tyranny of distance to the next brigade.”

He said being involved in the Country Fire Authority is not a particularly onerous role.

All members will be provided with minimum skills training to learn how to operate the truck and equipment.

“We don’t have that many call outs,” Mr Free said.

Over the years the Elingamite Glenfyne unit has played an important role in fighting fires both locally and interstate.

“This truck has been used in strike teams to go away at Morwell and Alexandra,” Mr Free said.

“We’ve had crews go to South Australia for fires. There are opportunites to go travelling.”

Residents are invited to attend the meeting at the station on Troupes Road, Glenfyne on Sunday, October 8 from 11am and put their hands up to support the unit to ensure it continues its long and proud history.

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