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Protecting the community

In a small town like Colebrook, looking after each other is a big part of the community.

That team spirit and support is obvious when meeting the Colebrook Fire Brigade.

As the weather warms up, the brigade wants everyone to stay safe. This means knowing the rules around total fire bans and having a bushfire survival plan ready.

“If you haven’t got a fire plan in place and you’re not au fait with the conditions and you haven’t got the gear to do the work, then the best thing to do is leave,” Colebrook Brigade Chief Laurie Smythe said.

“And leave early, don’t leave at the last minute.

“Because you can’t outrun a fire,” he said.

Two fire fighters looking at a defibrillator
Simon Thomas and Laurie Smythe with the defibrillator bought through our Community Fund.

Colebrook Fire Brigade is always on the lookout for new volunteers.

Simon Thomas has been with the brigade since 2014. He owns a hobby farm in Colebrook, and wanted to give back to the community.

He has loved learning new life skills through all the training they’re given.

“How to operate pumps, basic fire behaviour, techniques to fight fire, first aid training, advanced four wheel drive training,” Simon said.

“It’s all valuable to use if you need to.”

Colebrook Fire Brigade has an automatic external defibrillator on board the truck. They bought this through our Community Fund and it’s an excellent way of keeping the community and the volunteers safe, if the worst should happen. 

“We were very, very thankful,” Laurie said.

“It was something that was beyond our reach, we didn’t have the funds to do it.

“We’re a small brigade, in a small town.”

If you’d like to know more about fire safety or joining up as a volunteer, have a chat with your local brigade or visit the Tasmania Fire Service website.