2020 International Volunteer Day was busy for Bushfire Volunteers President Dave Gossage and not to anyone’s surprise, a heck of a lot of our incredible members too!
After spending the first half of the day honouring many wonderful award winners at the Bunbury Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade, Dave headed across to Balingup where he found the local Brigade in the middle of a planned burn. Captain Paul Davis was only too happy to take possession of a brand new FLIR K2 Thermal Imaging Camera supplied by FLIR Australia and Chubb Fire via the Bushfire Volunteers Western Power small grants program.
It was only a matter of minutes before the crew had unboxed the important tool and asked Dave to provide a quick run-down of the tool so they could immediately use it on the job at hand.
The association has been lobbying for years to fix the anomaly that allows the Emergency Services Levy to fund Thermal Imaging Cameras for DFES-managed brigades but not Local Government Bush Fire Brigades and we hope to be able to bring some good news in that regard soon. In the meantime, we are deeply appreciative of our friends at Western Power for their annual grant scheme that allows us to bring invaluable tools like these to Brigades across the SWIS.