CFA wants women

Benalla Ensign - - Fire Action Week - By Si­mon Rup­pert

Be­nalla CFA is ask­ing more women to vol­un­teer to help in a range of ar­eas from front­line fire fight­ing to ad­min­is­tra­tion.

The CFA plans to hold an open day show­cas­ing the work done by fe­male mem­bers with demon­stra­tions and key-note speak­ers dis­cussing how they jug­gle work and vol­un­teer­ing.

Be­nalla CFA com­mu­nity safety co-or­di­na­tor Phil Rees said at present men make up around 80 per cent of vol­un­teers and that is some­thing they would like to change.

‘‘We have some great fe­male cap­tains who are very in­spir­ing,’’ Mr Rees said.

‘‘But what we’re try­ing to do is to get more women in­volved, par­tic­u­larly if they have some free time to help out.

‘‘And it’s not just fire fight­ers we are look­ing for, there’s plenty of other roles avail­able that don’t in­volve be­ing on the back of the truck.

‘‘We’ve got some blokes who don’t want to be in the back of the truck.

‘‘So we’ve got plenty of other jobs, it’s not just about what we call putting the wet stuff on the red stuff.

‘‘There’s other roles to do, and we need peo­ple to do them.

‘‘There should be no bar­ri­ers to women get­ting in­volved, it doesn’t even rely on phys­i­cal con­di­tion.

‘‘And I think some women might feel that they don’t want to climb up and down the steps on the fire truck or walk a heavy hose up a hill. But there are other op­tions avail­able.’’

The CFA has a ten­ta­tive date and time for the open day, Novem­ber 25 from 10 am to 2 pm and hopes to hold the event at the botan­i­cal gar­dens.

Full de­tails do need to be con­firmed so keep an eye out in the En­sign for the fi­nal date, time and lo­ca­tion.

If any­one, male or fe­male, wants to vol­un­teer to be part of the CFA please visit www.cfa.vic.gov.au/ vol­un­teer-ca­reers/ vol­un­teers

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