Funds for local firies

THE Cambridge Volunteer Fire Brigade celebrated a half-century of service last year, having responded to thousands of Eastern Shore blazes and incidents – from major bushfires to minor car crashes – since forming in 1968.

But this month you might find them across the river at the Lenah Valley RSL after teaming up with the venue to score a $2000 TASkeno Community Fund Package.

Cambridge Volunteer Fire Brigade leading firefighter and treasurer Chris Ryan said the Lenah Valley RSL was “a community-based organisation that displayed the same values we do.”

He said several members of the brigade attended the RSL’s Anzac Day dawn services prior to 2015, when the brigade helped construct Cambridge’s own war memorial.

Mr Ryan – whose father Don is patron of the RSL – said the funding would go towards buying new equipment that would help the 18-member brigade both during incident responses and at its weekly Monday night training.

“The Tasmania Fire Service funds volunteer brigades quite well and provide the essential equipment, so we don’t want for much,” he said.

“We fundraise to buy non-essential items that complement us when we attend a call, like cameras and hand-held radios – ‘nice-to-have’ items that help us help the community, and also engage our members so we can maintain membership.

“Cameras that provide still photos and video footage of incidents can be an excellent training tool.

“Those sorts of things will certainly help us get better at what we do.”

The Cambridge Volunteer Fire Brigade is the latest Tasmanian organisation to benefit from the TASkeno Community Fund, a statewide initiative which each month awards community groups $1,500 in cash to put towards things like new equipment, major events and activities, as well as a $500 voucher to use in the TASkeno venue that nominates them.

“Since the TASkeno Community Fund launched it has been wonderful to see the many different clubs and organisations that have put their sponsorship packages to such good use,” network gaming customer and marketing manager Justin Voss said.

“There is a real need in local communities for ongoing support and it’s great that TASkeno and the local hotels can help.”

To nominate a worthy sporting or community group for funding, visit your local TASkeno venue or go to www.taskeno.com.au/nominate.

Caption: Pictured front, Lenah Valley RSL patron and life member Don Ryan OAM, left, and Cambridge Volunteer Fire Brigade 4th officer Tony Schultz with, behind from left, Cambridge Volunteer Fire Bridge leading firefighter Chris Ryan and Lenah Valley RSL life member Michael Lewis.