Fire brigade teams test their skills at Glenhaven

Smoke poured out of Living Choice Glenhaven’s auditorium and residents were “trapped” in both the auditorium and pampering room on Saturday 18th August but, thankfully, it was all part of the annual training exercise with the Glenhaven and Kellyville Rural Fire Brigades, plus the Castle Hill NSW Fire Brigade.

Six fire vehicles raced to the leisure centre entrance with sirens blaring, their teams swinging into action to evacuate “residents” via the rear fire stairs and the front entrance. Regional Manager, Gail Eyres said Living Choice offered its village as a venue for training every year when a simulated structural incident was created. Not only did this provide an opportunity for the members of all three fire brigades to practise together, it also allowed the village’s fire wardens to take part in the exercises.

“We are very fortunate to have these highly skilled volunteers and fire fighters. They give many hours in training to ‘be prepared’ and ready to assist the community in an emergency,” said Gail.

Top photo: Regional Manager Gail Eyres pictured with Village Fire Wardens Peter Heinrich, Ralph Warren, Vic Basil, Charlie Wharry and Tom Chapman, and Fire Control Officer John Hojel and GH Rural Fire Captain, Chris Chivers.