In the lead-up to bushfire season the Uduc Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade has received a much needed update to its garage. Replacing the 14-year-old appliances, the two new light tankers include more storage space, better ergonomic design and external water deluge system, offering more safety for volunteers. Uduc Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade captain Gerry Morgan said the tankers would improve safety during intense situations. “They’re similar units to what we had before but they are upgraded and have more safety features like a deluge system that protects the crews,” he said. “At this time it’s still pretty green but as summer progresses, during January and February, and the temperature starts rising, that’s when the risk potential rises.” This is a busy time for the brigade, with fines being issued to residents who have not prepared firebreaks. Mr Morgan said the community should follow any official directions they hear especially regarding extreme fire and weather warnings. “Everyone knows, when there’s hot days and hot winds, that they need to be vigilant and rely on the community support systems to help each other out if there is a threat that’s coming their way,” he said. “There’s a lot of dry matter around because it has been such a wet year, so there is potential for there to be some extreme fire situations.” Mr Morgan said in order to prepare for the upcoming fire season residents should keep a safe zone around their homes, keep debris down to the minimum and keep their trees cut back. The Shire of Harvey’s restricted burning period began on November 2 with the prohibited burning period set to start on December 15. It will continue through to March 14, 2022.