GLOUCESTER-Great Lakes Rural Fire Service (RFS) will soon have a new superintendent following the retirement of Dave Phillips.
Superintendent Phillips only served just over six months in the position before retiring in January.
During that time he oversaw extensive bush fire operations in the north-western parts of the shire. The acting superintendent is Jim Blackmore from the Midcoast branch of the RFS.
Acting Superintendent Blackmore has a career in the RFS dating back to the mid 1980s when he was a volunteer in the Goulburn and Parkes areas.
He said a replacement for Superintendent Phillips would be appointed in the near future.
Acting Superintendent Blackmore will divide his time between the RFS headquarters in Gloucester and Forster.
❑ The RFS is encouraging aged and infirm or disabled residents living in rural and remote areas of the shire to take advantage of its AIDER (Assistance for Infirm, Disabled and Elderly Residents) program.
The AIDER program is a one-off free service to reduce bush fire hazards around homes. Home owners can contact the RFS on 8741 4955 to request an assessment of the property.