Tanker on its way to Glenhaven

GLENHAVEN Rural Fire Brigade needs to raise the roof.

It’s the only way they will be able to accommodate the bigger tanker they will receive in the next 18 months, brigade captain Chris Chivers said. He said the new category 2 bush fire tanker would replace a category 1 tanker.

‘‘It holds a lot more water,’’ Mr Chivers, of Kellyville, said.

‘‘We’re in the early stages of planning to raise the roof.

‘‘In consultation with our district office, we’ll contribute some funds to that project.’’

He said the station upgrade was made possible because of the ‘‘sensational’’ generosity of residents at last year’s Glenhaven Carols by Candlelight.

Mr Chivers said $9000 was raised for his brigade, $3000 for the Hills SES and $2500 for Bell Rural Fire Brigade in the Blue Mountains.

The SES has used its share to buy radios and GPS.

Mr Chivers joined the carols committee 12 years ago when they began and he is now chairman.

Rural Fire Service and SES members also sit on the committee.

‘‘A few years ago we nearly had to cancel it due to a lack of sponsorship, so [major sponsor] Castle Hill Camera House were our saviour really,’’ Mr Chivers said. Glenhaven Rotary Club also sponsor the Christmas fund-raiser.

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