False alarm at the Bush Inn for our newest firefighters

THE New Norfolk Fire Brigade responded to a call to the Bush Inn Hotel at about 5.45pm today (Thursday). Fortunately for the new lessees of the historic old pub, it was a false alarm and the fire brigade volunteers were soon on the way back to the station and from there to their homes.

It is suspected that dust from renovation works inside the hotel inadvertently activated an alarm. Six of the responding firefighters had only recently returned from the first day of their Level 1 training course at Cambridge. Their training continues until Sunday, after which time they will be fully-fledged firefighters.

New Norfolk fire chief Mark Lusted said it was particularly pleasing that three of the trainees had graduated from the junior program, and they are joined by three newcomers to the brigade. The call to the Bush Inn was the brigade’s third callout today, having responded to a car crash on the Lyell Hwy near Granton around 1pm and a vegetation fire at Malbina around 3pm.

New Norfolk Fire Brigade members at the Bush Inn callout tonight.
All quiet after the false alarm.

Thanks to all of the volunteer firefighters of the Derwent Valley and Central Highlands for their ongoing role in keeping our communities safe.

Main picture: Firefighters preparing to leave the Bush Inn earlier this evening.

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