THE Foster CFA Open Day will be held this Saturday (October 17) providing the perfect opportunity to find out all you need to know about preparing for bushfire and the precautions you need to take – and perhaps take home an incredible bargain at the same time.
Local members will be on hand to provide free advice and information on fire safety, and seven members will each have a garage sale stall with an amazing range of quality goods on offer at crazy prizes.
Foster CFA Lieutenant Kaylene Jones said that everyone is welcome to come along to this fun, family day to enjoy a free cuppa and a sausage sizzle, to chat to CFA members and to help seven of them declutter by buying some great bargains.
“Rather than each of us having our own garage sale at home to make some cash, we are using the station’s facilities as our venue, providing two great reasons to come along on the day,” she said.
There will be a fantastic range of items on offer, for the home, the farm, for boating enthusiasts, and for those who enjoy camping and caravanning. You don’t have a caravan? Come along to the garage sale and you might just purchase an 18′ Jayco Pop top caravan! There is also a Hill Billy camping gas camp oven, a dream pot and lots of other great gear for the outdoors.
Needing an overhead fuel tanker with filter and hose for the farm? Better go along to the garage sale. How about a welder or a cow prodder?
There is plenty for the home, such as fish tanks, a range hood, a Karcher pressure cleaner, a pool table, a new computer monitor, DVD player, new electric guitars and amplifier, a printer and a Nespresso coffee machine.
This will be one garage sale you do not want to miss as these items are just the tip of the ice berg.
The Open Day and Huge Garage Sale will begin at 9am and will continue until 3pm.
Captain Jones and other Foster CFA members will be on hand at the station’s Open Day to provide free information and advice on how to prepare your house and property to minimise the chances of bushfire.
They will also be available to provide advice on how to put together a fire plan and on how to prepare for your pets and livestock.
No two properties are identical and each have the potential to pose problems when trying to prepare for the fire season. The Open Day will provide a great opportunity to chat with members of the CFA about any site-specific issues you may have found in efforts to prepare or to create a fire plan.
“It is important to clean up around your house of and property now as the fire season has arrived early,” Captain Jones advised.
“Be sure to have a reliable water source and a fire fighting pump (preferably diesel). Have poly pipe buried, not laying on top of the ground,” he said.
If you are planning to have a burn-off, be sure to register your burn by calling 1800 669 511.
As part of your fire plan, you need to decide whether you will be staying or will leave early. Also important is a survival bag packed and ready. In the instance of a high fire danger day, whether or not you plan to stay or leave, it’s wise to have the following items collected and in one place: a torch, batteries, medications, phone and charger, contact numbers, drinking water, insurance/bank details, spare clothes, and an AM/FM radio to listen for emergency warnings.
Help prevent arson. If you see something during the fire season which is out of the ordinary and seems suspicious, record details such as car make, rego etc. description of person etc. and call 000.
“It is important to understand that the protection of individuals and our communities from fire is not just a fire brigade’s responsibility: it’s an individual and community effort together, so to our communities the message is ‘be prepared,'” urged Foster CFA Brigade captain David Jones, in light of the early start to the fire season.
“We can all have a fire safe fire season if we all use a common sense approach, are vigilant and are prepared,” Captain Jones said.