NEWS IN BRIEF
Festive season fire safety
This year’s Festive Season fire safety campaign is being held
over the next two weeks, and is a great chance to inform the community
on precautions to take during the festive season.
The 2004 Festive Season fire safety campaign materials can be downloaded
from the Intranet. Materials include:
· Template media release
· Fact sheet
· Media relations tips
The Festive Season fire safety campaign can be promoted to your local
community through radio, television and newspapers using the local
For further information regarding the 2004 Festive Season fire safety
campaign contact your regional Community Risk Management Officer or
Public Affairs Officer.
Brigade Kids back in time for Christmas
The Brigade Kids CDROM is a tool and toy developed to entertain and
inform 5 to 12 year old children about fire safety. Temporarily out
of stock, Brigades Kids is now available again on ESCAT. The Catalogue
Number is 06465 with a $4.00 distribution and management cost per
pack of five.
Developed by the Public Affairs and Communication Strategy Unit the
CD contains quizzes, games, videos, interviews with firefighters,
photos for school projects, colour-ins, puzzles, safety facts in seven
languages, links to the NSWFB and Museum of Fire websites. But wait
there’s more. A cyber explorer even hot-links to the best kids’
fire safety sites worldwide.
Fax your orders to (02) 9743 8603.
NSWFB Heat v NSW Police basketball game
The NSWFB men’s basketball team, the Heat, will play a charity
fundraiser against the NSW Police before the Sydney Kings versus Townsville
Crocodiles basketball game on 2 January 2005. With the match being
held over the New Year period, it’s sure to be a sell out. Police
Commissioner Ken Moroney and I will be there to cheer on our respective
The Kings are offering a very special deal for NSWFB employees with
more than 50% off the general admission ticket price. The evening’s
entertainment costs just $16 with ticket prices usually $40. Five
dollars from every ticket purchased through the NSWFB will be donated
to the Burns Unit at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead.
In a special deal for NSWFB Sports Association members, the first
five members from each roster to email firstname.lastname@example.org and
tell them the name of the NSWFB basketball team will receive two free
tickets to the game. Just make sure you tell us which roster (i.e.
Platoon, day work, back to back) you are on and that you’re
not working that night!
So show your support for your fellow firefighters or just come to
watch two great NBL teams in action. The team trained yesterday and
will be having another training session at City of Sydney gym on Tuesday
14 December at 10am. Contact Tim Hickey on 0408 414 605 or Jaison
Singh on 0417 659 232 for tickets, event information or if you are
interested in playing.
Firefighters racing for charity
Outside his duties as a firefighter, Firefighter John Lennon from
30 Lidcombe is engaged in elite level triathlon coaching and competition
as part of the Human Endurance Racing Team (HERT). HERT is a high
performance coaching organisation run by Mark Newton (triathlon World
Champion and Olympic Coach) and FF Lennon.
HERT supports children’s charity foundations by helping them
raise funds at sporting events. Their fundraising efforts aim to provide
positive experiences for everyone involved - athletes, sponsors, partners
and charities - and develop a strong community network through sporting
In April 2005, HERT is competing at the Australian Ironman Triathlon
with the aim to raise $50,000 for the Burns Unit at the Children’s
Hospital at Westmead.
Last Friday HERT held a Celebrity Charity Auction Dinner at the Randwick-Coogee
RSL Club. Many elite athletes and personalities donated their time,
money and items for auction.
If you can help FF Lennon in any way, please contact him at 30 Lidcombe.
Australia Day Tri-Service Challenge
Entries are now being accepted for the 2004 Tri-Service Challenge.
The 3.5km surfboard paddle starts at Sydney Opera House at 8.30am
and finishes at Blues Point Reserve. Almost 1,000 competitors took
part in last year’s paddle, including nine firefighters who
took out the Tri-Service Challenge title and we’re expecting
even greater numbers this year as we attempt to win it for the second
The trophy is kept on display at Head Office and I’m expecting
NSWFB pride to ensure it doesn’t go anywhere.
If you’d like to be part of the NSWFB team, please email the
NSWFB Sports Association at email@example.com
and they’ll send you an entry form.
Commissioner’s e-mail: Commissioner@fire.nsw.gov.au
Cora Sarmiento, Commish’s PA: 9265 2930
PACSU: fax 9265 2882
Commish’s Corner Rumour Mill: 9265 2627
To contribute a story, please contact Public Affairs Officers:
Stephen Norris (West) 9265 2613 or John Suter Linton/Tippy Kavalee
(South/North) 9265 2802