Isis Town and Country - - Front Page - By JODIE DIXON

THE Ru­ral Fire Brigade has started to pre­pare for the com­ing fire sea­son.

Units around the re­gion have no­ticed the ef­fects of lit­tle rain dur­ing the past sum­mer. The long, dry brown grass can be seen across the re­gion.

Prop­erty own­ers are en­cour­aged to be aware of the fire haz­ards on the prop­erty and neigh­bour­ing land and to re­duce the risk.

Gin Gin Ru­ral Fire Brigade first of­fi­cer Lyn Byrne said be­ing this close to fire sea­son, it was im­por­tant to have fit and able peo­ple to carry out the du­ties.

“It’s hard work and we are on the look­out for new mem­bers,” Mr Byrne said.

The ru­ral units cover vast ar­eas of the Wide Bay re­gion and the ter­rain can be harsh.

“Our mem­ber num­bers have de­cline over the years and we strug­gle to get the sup­port needed,” Mr Byrne said.

The Gin Gin unit has closed in the past due to crew num­bers. “We have two trucks and not enough team mem­bers to run the fire trucks,” Mr Byrne said.

Mr Byrne said vol­un­teers of­ten worked ex­tended shifts be­cause units were lack­ing in sup­port from the com­mu­nity.

“We are urg­ing fit and able men and women to join the Ru­ral Fire Brigade,” he said.

“We pro­vide the train­ing and all we ask is for you to show up for train­ing and to be avail­able when re­quired.”

In the past, lo­cals would sign up and would never at­tend train­ing ses­sions or meet­ings.

“We need re­li­able peo­ple with good fit­ness, as it’s hard work,” he said.

As fire sea­son ap­proaches, Mr Byrne fears that with low mem­ber num­bers, his crew would be putting them­selves at greater risk.

He said now was the per­fect time to ar­range your per­mits and burn off, as the weather had been ideal.

To find out more, phone the ru­ral fire brigade on 4153 3244 and sign up as a vol­un­teer.


FIRE READY: Ru­ral fire­fight­ers are look­ing for new mem­bers.

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