An open letter to the 2508 community from Aaron West, Captain at Helensburgh Rural Fire Brigade…
“On behalf of the Helensburgh Rural Fire Brigade I would like to extend my sincere thanks to the community of 2508 for your generous support and kind words over the past 2 weeks.
2013 has seen one of the earliest starts to the fire season in recent times and so far we have seen devastation and destruction on a scale similar to 1994 and 2001 fires. Even though the communities of 2508 have not been directly impacted by bush fire so far this season you have got behind our volunteers whether they are dealing with local incidents or travelling out of area to fight fires in the Southern Highlands.
I would like to thank every single individual that donated their time, energy and food to cook food for our volunteers; I can assure you not a single crumb was leftover. Your home cooked meals and sweet treats not only kept us going on the fireground but were a welcome sight after a long, hard day in the field.
To our Facebook followers and passers by in the streets, your words of thanks, praise and gratification continue to overwhelm our fire fighters. Although we do not do what we do for the accolades, it is certainly heart warming to know how much the efforts of our volunteers are appreciated.
Finally, to the families of our volunteers. Although we may not always have time to show it, your love, support and understanding during the bush fire season is extremely important to every single volunteer on the fireground.
With five months still left of the 2013/14-bush fire season I implore all residents of 2508 to prepare for the months ahead. It is vital you complete a Bush Fire Survival Plan. Regardless of whether you are young or old, single or a family of 5, everyone needs to have a Bush Fire Survival Plan. If you
are elderly/infirmed and are unable to prepare your property, I encourage you to use the AIDER service available from the NSW Rural Fire Service. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the brigade or stop by any Saturday after midday to talk with one of our volunteers.
Once again I thank you for your continued support. We look forward to protecting our community now and into the future.”