GOOLWA - It has been a busy six weeks for the new captain of Goolwa Country Fire Service (CFS), Darren Sanders, with his brigade called out to 27 incidents since he took over the reins.
Captain Darren Sanders, or Crunchie as he is fondly known, has taken over from Ken Smirke who held the position for five years. Ken is now the deputy group officer for the CFS Mundoo Group.
Darren said Ken dedicated a great deal of his time and effort to the brigade and the community, and the group wishes him well in his new position.
Since late November, Goolwa CFS has been called out to numerous grass fires, private fire alarms and road crash rescues. Members have also been part of strike teams sent to incidents throughout the state and have assisted ambulance officers.
There are currently 15 active members at the Goolwa brigade, and with the threat of hot weather approaching, the firefighters are especially focused on grass fire and bushfire training exercises.
Darren started at the Goolwa brigade in 2010. He commenced as a firefighter for the Country Fire Authority in Victoria in 1988, gaining experience in bush and grass fires in the Macedon Ranges, and was involved in group roles in central Victoria prior to moving to Goolwa.
When he is not fighting fires, Darren runs his own local construction business alongside his partner Jane, and said he has mastered his poor golf skills at South Lakes Golf Club
Darren said he is looking forward to welcoming new members to join the Goolwa team. For further information contact him on 0427 970 816 or attend the station at 15 Gardiner Street, Goolwa at 6.45pm on Mondays. You can also like Goolwa Country Fire Service on Facebook.
Darren thanks the community, in particular the members and their families, for their continued support and dedication to making the Goolwa community safe.