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Fire brigade gets traction

BOGGED firefighting vehicles will be able to be driven out easier thanks to a donation by a local company. The set of six new Trax vehicle recovery aids means the Darlington Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade would be better equipped to remain an effective fire fighting force within the community. The plastic ramps, donated by Ryan Mumford of Mumford’s Customs, are designed to be placed under the wheels of bogged vehicles, to help them to be driven out without assistance. Darlington VBFB captain Chris Kendrick, said the Trax would increase crew safety and reduce down time. “When appliances get stuck it can put crews at risk, as well as removing trucks and machinery from the fire fighting effort,” he said. “The Darlington brigade, like all of its Shire of Mundaring counterparts, have been busy over the Christmas and New Year periods assisting at fires in Toodyay, Bailup, Bullsbrook and Ellenbrook, along with fires in their own districts.

About Sarah Brookes

Sarah is an award-winning journalist (2016 WA Media Awards - Best Three Suburban Newspaper Stories) who has covered our Mundaring and Kalamunda editions since 2011. She went to Eastern Hills Senior High School before studying chemistry and biology at university. Staring down a microscope two years into her degree she realised a future in science wasn’t for her – journalism was. Sarah lived in Europe before re-settling in Darlington, where her family has lived for three generations, with her two children. She has worked for various government agencies and Media Monitors. Sarah is a media junkie who loves talkback radio and devours the weekend papers.

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