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Kyabram CFA applauded for fast reaction times

By Ky Free Press

KYABRAM’s CFA crews are arriving at emergency fires exactly on the desired target of 90 per cent, according to the latest emergency response times released by the Victorian Government.

The latest response times show Kyabram brigade responded to ‘hazard class two’ incidents within eight minutes 90 per cent of the time from October to December 2019.

It took eight minutes for crews from any brigade area to reach 90 per cent of emergency incidents, according to the CFA figures.

It’s an improvement from the same time the previous year, where the volunteer-only organisation responded to 90 per cent of callouts within its 10-minute target (8:29 minutes).

It’s also an extraordinary result given the CFA experienced an incredibly early and busy start to the fire season in 2019, responding to a significantly higher number of incidents compared to the previous quarter.

CFA District 20 Commander John Cutting said it was an incredible result considering all firefighters were volunteers and many were deployed to help with the devastating NSW and QLD fires.

“All our volunteer brigades in the district, including Tongala, Kyabram and Rochester, performed well,” he said.

“Our firefighters are doing a great job, coming from their homes to assist the community where needed.

“I am very proud of our volunteers and pleased that they’ve maintained a great service delivery to the community.

“Their efforts over summer also supported towns across Victoria and elsewhere interstate.”

Overall, CFA’s statewide compliance with Community Service Delivery Standard sits at 87 per cent from a 90 per cent target, having responded to 7016 emergency incidents during the three-month period.

Police and Emergency Services Minister Lisa Neville said volunteer firefighters should be celebrated for a job well done.

“They’ve maintained their impressive standards this quarter despite the fire season beginning earlier and being busier than we’ve seen previously,” she said.