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Drying rack assists brigade

Members from the Maclean Lions Club and Gulmarrad Rural Fire Service [RFS], with the RFS’s newly erected hose drying racks (l-r) president of the Maclean Lions Club Laurie Fitzpatrick and Lions Club member George Priddle, Gulmarrad RFS captain Mark Carr and Gulmarrad RFS vice president Matt Peene. Image: Lynne Mowbray

Lynne Mowbray

The Gulmarrad Rural Fire Service [RFS] has a new hose drying rack, thanks to a generous donation from the Maclean Lions Club.

Lions Club president Laurie Fitzpatrick said that the Lions Club had benefited from the Gulmarrad RFS, helping them out at events.

“The RFS help us with the Brooms Head Sports Day, Maclean MacMarket Day, the Easter raffle as well as sausage sizzles and raffles,” said Mr Fitzpatrick.

“So it’s our way of saying thank you and showing our appreciation for the work they do within the community,” he said.

Gulmarrad’s RFS captain Mark Carr said that the new rack is providing a more practical method of drying the hoses, than the old drying pole.

“The ropes on the drying pole [that were used to hoist the hoses], had broken,” Mr Carr said.

“So the drying rack was a priority for us and is more user friendly, [than the former drying pole].

“The rack was constructed locally by Mitch Davis Engineering and is already being put to good use.

“We’d like to thank the Maclean Lions Club for their generous donation of $2000, for this valuable piece of equipment,” he said.

The Gulmarrad RFS are currently recruiting new members and anyone wanting more information or an information pack can contact Mark Carr [president] on 0421 344 008.