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While it was so cold at the 47th Newdegate Machinery Field Days (NMFD), that almost all of us would have welcomed a big Bushy Bear (and anything warm) in our tent, the event wasn’t quite as salacious as the title might have led our more “interesting” members to believe.

And although the frosty sub-zero conditions made it less than fun at times, the truly wonderful thing about this year’s NMFD was that our great friends at the Narrogin Office of DFES invited us to bring Squirt (the World’s smallest fire tanker) and Bushy (our life-sized fire safety mascot) and share the Department’s display tent.

Bushfire Volunteers' Squirt the world's smallest fire tanker at the Newdegate Machinery Field Days 2019

Bushfire Volunteers’ Squirt the world’s smallest fire tanker at the Newdegate Machinery Field Days 2019

The Association is on the record supporting DFES for exhibiting at major regional events like the Dowerin Field Days and the Newdegate Field Days because so many of our members are also integral members of these farming communities – who are often 100% dependant on volunteer emergency service personnel. So when we received the invitation to cooperate with the Department in sending the important message that together we have the backs of our regional towns, Bushfire Volunteers President Dave Gossage was only too happy to help out.

Bushfire Volunteers' Squirt the world's smallest fire tanker at the Newdegate Machinery Field Days 2019

Bushfire Volunteers’ Squirt the world’s smallest fire tanker at the Newdegate Machinery Field Days 2019

Dave spoke to hundreds of people at the event including many members and local elected representatives who wanted to talk about issues ranging from training to the need for changes to the ESL funding process.

While some city people may not have experienced the unique culture of regional field days and therefore might not fully appreciate the value of us (and DFES) being there, we get it – and the attendees get the need for WA’s local government bushfire service to be supported for its special culture, skills and methodologies.

So thank you to Sven, Anika and Donna from the DFES Narrogin Office for initiating this highly productive collaboration with Bushfire Volunteers and we look forward to having the capacity to add even more value to future opportunities to work with you.

Last but not least, thank you to the Newdegate Field Days organisation that made the theme of this year’s event “Emergency Services in the Bush”. Raising awareness of the awesome work of WA’s Bushfire Volunteers and other emergency service volunteers is a very important part of what we do and appreciate the extra support you offered to our members by adopting that theme this year.

Thank you all.

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