An insight into brigade life

An insight into brigade life

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Bedfordale Bush Fire Brigade member Gary Vince collects the donation from Armadale Scouts member Blake Webster (front). Photograph – Aaron Van Rongen.

Last weekend at an open day members of the Bedfordale community had an opportunity to see first hand how their local brigade operates.

About 150 residents turned up to ask questions, see the trucks and enjoy a free sausage sizzle while Bedfordale Bush Fire Brigade volunteers were given a chance to say thank you to the community who support them.

Social and fundraising committee coordinator Gary Vince said the annual event also stimulated interest from members of the public who might be interested in joining the volunteer-run organisation in the future.

“We had about five enquiries for the cadets program, eight for volunteers and 15 volunteers for the bushfire ready team,” he said.

“It was a fabulous day and a great way to say thank you to the community for all the support throughout the year.”

A presentation was also made on the day which saw the brigade hand over a cheque for $400 to the Armadale Scouts that will be used to for a trip to South Australia in January.

Mr Vince said the committee was pleased to give the money that had been raised through various events such as chocolate fundraisers and car park duties at the local Bedfordale Bush Markets.

“The Scouts helped us last year with our quiz night and we are looking at giving back to the community with various events and activities to help out where we can,” he said.

“We would also like to thank Blake Webster from the Armadale Scouts who handed us a $320 cheque on the day.

“His hard work and dedication towards raising the money is greatly appreciated.”