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Changing of the Guard

Posted by Administrator (admin) on 19 Aug 2014
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Phil White and Dennis KluskeAfter serving as captain of the Lower Inman Valley Country Fire Service (CFS) for 12 years, Phil White will officially hand over the reins to Dennis Kluske on September 1.

The Lower Inman brigade thanks Phil for his considerable contribution to both the brigade and the local community. 

Phil said it was time that someone else took up the responsibility of leading the brigade into the future.

Phil has been in the CFS all of his life, with his father, Bob White, serving as captain for the 14 years before him.

“I am proud to be handing the reins over to Dennis,” Phil said.

“He is a very experienced senior fire fighter, who has been a member of the CFS for over 40 years, with 20 years at the Lower Inman brigade.

“I know the brigade will be in good hands.

“Dennis brings with him significant fire ground knowledge and is well respected for his enthusiasm and leadership in mentoring the younger and less experienced members of the brigade.”

Dennis said one of his tasks will be to encourage others to join the CFS.

“There are a number of men and women in this brigade with great leadership potential and one of my jobs will be to help develop that potential, as well as encourage more people to join the brigade and become part of the local CFS community,” Dennis said.

The Lower Inman brigade has started a recruitment drive to encourage past members to return and to encourage people who have moved to the area to join.

Dennis said joining the brigade as a volunteer allows people to develop great skills and gain experience that can be useful in their personal and professional life.

“Some areas that you may gain experience in are working in teams, building professional relationships, thinking and acting under pressure and learning how to effectively communicate in emergency situations,” Dennis said.

“We currently have members who live around the Lower Inman and Back Valley area, but also have brigade members who live on the outskirts of Victor Harbor.

“As a relatively small brigade, we would love to build our numbers.

“We are a friendly, welcoming and meet for training during winter on a monthly basis, and during the fire season on a weekly basis.”

If you are interested in joining the Lower Inman CFS, see our contact details.

Last changed: 28 Aug 2014 at 4:26 PM