20110824 Bermagui RFS goes solar

2df0fea102The Bermagui Rural Fire Service brigade is now powered by the sun thanks to the donation of a photovoltaic solar system by Clean Energy for Eternity.

The donation of the solar system by CEFE was officially recognised last week with a plaque attached to the side of the fire shed. Around $3400 was raised during the Bermagui River Big Swim – part of CEFE’s LifeSaving Energy Big Swim series which attracted entries from Tathra, Bega, Bermagui, Canberra and Batemans Bay.

Major sponsors of the swim included the Bermagui Pharmacy and Essential Energy, while swimmers raised funds themselves including Bermagui CEFE member Lynda Cantrill, who collected $350 for completing the 5km swim. The Bermagui RFS brigade themselves got involved taking out fire pumps on boats to give a water spray over the swimmers. The Bermagui Lions Club was also involved on the day.

“We want to thank Clean Energy for Eternity for all their hard work,” captain Greg McLaren said, adding that the solar panels would mean cheaper power bills for the brigade.

The brigade as always is keen to get the word out that it needs new volunteers. Find out more by attending the brigade?s regular training evenings at 7.30pm on the second Wednesday of every month, or call the Bega fire control centre on 6494 7400

2bc6442f4aSUNSHINE DONATION: Bermagui RFS brigade members Maggie McKinney, Kevin Riley, Derric Wagstaff, Captain Greg ?Macca? McLaren and Rosemary Lewis with Bermagui CEFE co-convenor Prue Kelly, Bermagui Pharmacy?s Marian Manning and CEFE member Lynda Cantrill.

add771f9f7NEW PLAQUE: Captain Greg “Macca” McLaren and Bermagui CEFE co-convenor Prue Kelly with the new plaque