WHAT'S ON IN GIN GIN
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.