It's the season for giving and amid the city's storage shortage some businesses have been banding together to ensure critical services have the facilities to operate.
When CFA District Five Headquarter Brigade first lieutenant Barry Moran reached out to the Warrnambool community for help in funding and finding a secure storage unit, he was overwhelmed with the response.
"We were busy applying for government grants to purchase a shipping container, but to no avail," he said.
After confiding this at a Rotary Club of Warrnambool meeting, he was met with enthusiastic responses.
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While Specsavers purchased the shipping container, Bunnings supplied shelving and Cassigns put the advertising boards up. Warrnambool Daybreak Rotary Club and Backyard Sand and Soil also made contributions.
"We now have a storage container suitable for our resources ready to assist our community," he said.
Although not the usual 'operational' brigade, Mr Moran said the new shed container was essential to the community.
"We are there to support the firefighters by delivering food, operating radios and driving buses that transport them to and from the fire front," he said.
"We don't have the trucks and large equipment, however we do have smaller pieces of equipment such as food chests, chairs, tables and gazebos for the protection of our firefighters from the weather.
"We also have fire awareness books and pamphlets that need to be easily accessible to our members."
The storage container was provided to the CFA by Owen Truss, which last month also provided Backpacks 4 Vic Kids with a storage container to operate from, ensuring all children would have a Christmas.
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