Nick is Deni brigade’s youngest fire captain
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.