Nick is Deni bri­gade’s youngest fire cap­tain

Deniliquin Pastoral Times - - OUT & ABOUT -

Nick Bath has be­come the youngest ever De­niliquin Ru­ral Fire Ser­vice cap­tain af­ter tak­ing over the role from Ju­lian Bas­sett at its re­cent an­nual gen­eral meet­ing.

The 27 year-old has been a mem­ber of the bri­gade for 10 years.

Mr Bath, who works as a labourer when not vol­un­teer­ing, has been steadily ris­ing in the bri­gade’s ranks and said he was keen to take on the top role.

‘‘I’d been se­nior deputy cap­tain for a while so I was quite happy to step up,’’ he said.

‘‘I’ll still have Ju­lian there as deputy cap­tain, so he’ll be help­ing out along the way.

‘‘I also have a lot of sup­port from ev­ery­one else who vol­un­teers.’’

Since join­ing the RFS as a 17 year-old, Mr Bath said he has ben­e­fited from be­ing in­volved in the or­gan­i­sa­tion.

‘‘I’ve learnt a lot over my time with the RFS,’’ he said.

‘‘It’s good to be able to help out where we can and I also en­joy stay­ing pretty busy.

‘‘I love be­ing a part of the RFS be­cause it’s a good so­cial out­let as well.

‘‘I’ve met some great peo­ple dur­ing my time and look for­ward to con­tin­u­ing to help out in the years to come.’’

Mr Bas­sett, who has been in­volved with the lo­cal bri­gade for 20 years, said he was con­fi­dent Mr Bath would carry out the role suc­cess­fully.

‘‘I’ve been cap­tain for the past six years and thought it was time to pass it on,’’ he said.

‘‘Nick’s shown me he can be a leader in the deputy role, of­ten show­ing this while I wasn’t there.

‘‘I re­mem­ber when he started here af­ter be­ing a part of the Blighty RFS and I’ve watched him grow through the years.

‘‘It lets me step back a bit and see some of the younger peo­ple in­volved with the RFS step up in their du­ties.

‘‘I’m still go­ing to be vol­un­teer­ing as the deputy and as the years go on I’m sure we’ll have a few more younger vol­un­teers work their way up the ranks.

‘‘I’ll also still be back­ing Nick as a bit of a men­tor.’’

■ De­niliquin Ru­ral Fire Ser­vice Cap­tain Nick Bath (left) with out­go­ing leader and now Vice Cap­tain Ju­lian Bas­sett.

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