COUNTRY Fire Authority volunteers draw worthy praise every summer for their efforts in protecting communities.
Often their work is carried out in the face of unpredictable and dangerous scrub or grass fires.
People are quick to acknowledge volunteers but a new Bendigo invention and one community-minded company have created a way to thank and support our CFA volunteers in a practical way.
Bendigo inventor Mike Taylor has created the reuseable Fair Air mask.
The mask has been praised by CFA volunteers and drawn favourable feedback from Department of Sustainability and Environment staff who trialled the invention on the fire ground last summer.
Mr Taylor is awaiting official CFA feedback on the mask but Bendigo company Keech Castings has recognised its value by buying 30 masks for Strathfieldsaye brigade members.
This wonderful donation should serve as a lead for other businesses, community groups, sporting or service clubs and individuals.
The Bendigo Advertiser has committed to buying masks for another brigade.
Some people will argue the government should be buying these masks for CFA volunteers if they are so valuable.
A valid point but Keech Castings has started the ball rolling for a grand community effort delivering high value and enormous satisfaction... why wait?
Every reuseable mask purchased has the potential to help a CFA volunteer – they give plenty and this is the opportunity for the communities they protect to give back.
Of course, such a campaign must have the blessing of the CFA and let’s hope if the community need and interest is there, that will come.