Riddells Creek Fire Brigade holds training for all members every
Sunday morning from 9:30am to 12:30pm. In addition, we meet on the
last Tuesday of each month from 7:30pm - 9:30pm. People wishing
to join the brigade are encouraged to come along to these sessions
to introduce themselves and to meet the team here at the Riddells
Creek Fire Brigade. Brigade monthly meetings are held on the second
Tuesday of each month from 8:00pm onwards.
All operational members of the Brigade are required
to undergo "Recruit Training" prior to becoming full "emergency
responders" with the Brigade.
What does this mean? Before a new member is permitted
to respond to an emergency without a qualified member guiding them,
each member must complete training which is centred around the
Understanding wildfire behaviour
Applying wildfire suppression strategies and
Communications & radio operation
Personal protection techniques and fire-ground
Having completed this training, members are encouraged
to participate in regular brigade training each Sunday, and may
also go on to more specialised training courses such as driver
training, breathing apparatus and First Aid courses.
training is aligned with national competency standards established
by the Public Safety Training Package and the Country Fire Authority.
This means that all training we undertake is recognised in other
industries throughout Australia. Why does this sound so serious?
Because every time we respond to an emergency we are placing Brigade
Members at risk in our pursuit to "Protect life and property".
Fortunately through training and experience we reduce the risk and
guard our members' safety.
You may see the Brigade training on Sundays as
they drive around Riddells Creek, and conduct exercises around the
town and surrounding area. Exercises are designed to simulate real
situations and could involve chasing witches hats in the paddocks
(grass fire simulation), wearing protective splash suits and breathing
apparatus around town (hazardous chemical spill) or entering buildings
with limited vision (smoke filled structure fires).
addition, the Brigade gains valuable training experience through
burn-offs conducted in the Spring and early Summer months each year,
and in late-Autumn. These activities not only provide training but
also perform a community service by removing fuel from around the
township prior to the fire danger season.