QFES look­ing for more fire­fight­ers

Call comes days af­ter large fires in the Bur­nett

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS - Tobi Lof­tus Tobi.Lof­tus@cnbtimes.com.au

THE Queens­land Fire and Emer­gency Ser­vice is search­ing for new aux­il­iary fire­fight­ers for its North Bur­nett sta­tions.

Gayndah Area Com­man­der John Harrison said Eidsvold, Biggen­den, Monto and Mundubbera could all do with more staff.

“Be­ing aux­il­iary isn’t quite a vol­un­teer, as you get paid,” he said.

“That’s where it’s like an ur­ban fire ser­vice, as they look af­ter town­ships, do res­cues and build­ing in­spec­tions.”

Mr Harrison said QFES wanted peo­ple who were com­mu­nity-ori­ented and had a rea­son­able fit­ness level.

“It can be hard and very drain­ing on body,” he said.

“You could be out at a grass fire all day, then go into a house fire.”

Mr Harrison said any­one who was in­ter­ested should con­tact their lo­cal fire sta­tion.

“You’ve got to live within a cer­tain dis­tance of the fire sta­tion, a rea­son­ably close dis­tance,” he said.

“It’s got to be within in a few kilo­me­tres, as that’s the re­sponse side of it.”

The call for new mem­bers fol­lowed sev­eral large bush fires in the North Bur­nett last week.

One fire on the Mundubbera-Durong Rd, which be­gan on Novem­ber 8, burned for a num­ber of days.

“We don’t know what caused it at this stage,” Mr Harrison said.

“It was a big one and in the coun­try where it was was in­ac­ces­si­ble at times.”

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