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You don't need to fight fires to be part of the rural brigade

DO THE RIGHT THING: Dargal Road first officer Ian Peters and second officer and fire warden Rowan Whip with the new truck.
DO THE RIGHT THING: Dargal Road first officer Ian Peters and second officer and fire warden Rowan Whip with the new truck. Sarah Dionysius

DID you know being part of the rural fire brigade doesn't necessarily mean you'll have to fight fires?

Dargal Rd RFB first officer Ian Peters said even someone with a busy schedule can help volunteer with the service.

"They could still help in some way," he said.

"It doesn't mean you have to be directly fighting fires on the ground, as there are so many behind the scenes things that are worthwhile."

Mr Peters said one of the most valuable assets of their brigade was their secretary.

"Rhonda, our secretary, is terrific and we really appreciate her efforts."

Mr Peters said they, like many of the brigades, were in search of new volunteers.

"We are always looking for volunteers," he said.

"Sadly that's one part of Australian culture that's diminishing, is volunteering.

"And not just with fire-fighting, it's across the community."

Mr Peters hoped the recent addition of a new fire truck would encourage more people to join the brigade.

"To have our fire-fighting equipment upgraded to today's standard is a very good thing," he said.

"Just the pumping capabilities are so much better and to be able to take the volunteers in comfort to and from fires is just fantastic.

"Perhaps we'll get more people interested because they will see we have good gear to work with."

As well as the truck, the Dargal Rd brigade were also given a fuel card to use, as part of the funding.

"One of the other big pluses is getting a fuel card so we don't have to go out and try and raise money from the community."

If you are interested in joining the Rural Fire Brigade visit their website at www.rfbaq.org.au

Topics:  rural fire brigade volunteering


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