QFES looking for more firefighters
Call comes days after large fires in the Burnett
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.”