Santa Claus with a fireman

Santa gets a little help from his firey friends

THREE Derwent Valley fire brigades will be providing transport for Santa Claus on Christmas Eve as he makes a dash around the district to visit local children.

NEW NORFOLK: The New Norfolk Fire Brigade has been helping Santa do the rounds of the town for about 30 years and it has developed a COVID-Safe plan to ensure that the tradition continues this year. Santa will set out from the New Norfolk Fire Station at noon on Christmas Eve and will spend the afternoon visiting most streets within the town boundary. He will also visit the local hospital and nursing home.

The detailed route map can be found on the Santa Visits New Norfolk Facebook page. Street-specific times are not available, but listen out for the sirens and check the Facebook page for updates during the afternoon on Christmas Eve. The fire brigade asks that families wait in their driveways and do not approach the vehicles. Santa’s helpers will be handing out bags of lollies to the children.

LACHLAN: Santa will do three loops through Lachlan with the Lachlan Fire Brigade on Christmas Eve. He will follow the routes listed below. Families are asked to wait in their driveways and keep children restrained as the vehicle approaches. Round 1: Depart station, Gleeson Park, at 10am. Visiting Millers Rd 10.10am; Briars and Millers Rd 10.25am; turning circle on Mapleys Rd 10.35am; Top Swamp Rd 10.45am; 102 Moss Beds Rd 10.55am; 76 Moss Beds Rd 11am; corner of Robinson Rd/Top Swamp Rd 11.10am; Lower Swamp Rd to turning circle 11.40am. Round 2: Depart station at noon. Visiting Lachlan Rd 12.10pm; Oakley Lane 12.20pm; Gaul Lane 12.30pm; Williams Rd 12.40pm; White Timber Rd 12.50pm; Jefferys Track 1.10pm; Hydehurst Rd 1.20pm; Mt Charles Rd 1.30pm; Hydehurst and Menzies Rd 1.50pm. Round 3: Visiting Illabrook Rd at 2.10pm; Ironstone Gully Rd 2.20pm; Haneys Rd 2.35pm; Ringwood Rd 2.45pm; Moores Rd (to the end) 2.55pm; Hansens Rd 3.10pm.

MAYDENA/NATIONAL PARK: The Maydena Fire Brigade will take Santa around Maydena at about 5pm on Christmas Eve. They will arrive at National Park at about 5.45pm.

Thank you to to all of the Derwent Valley’s volunteer firefighters, ambulance officers, State Emergency Service members and other essential volunteers who remain on call over the Christmas period to respond to any emergencies that may arise.

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