Firies call for new re­cruits to help them out

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

THE lo­cal fire bri­gade has put out a call to po­ten­tial re­cruits, say­ing more peo­ple are needed to boost num­bers.

Queens­land Fire and Res­cue Ser­vice Cairns Area Com­mand act­ing su­per­in­ten­dent Dar­ren Welsh said sev­eral mem­bers of the Moss­man aux­il­iary ser­vice had moved away from the area, cre­at­ing a vac­uum in num­bers.

“We do have a short­age in Moss­man,” he said. “We’re strug­gling to get ap­pli­cants but we’re try­ing to more com­mu­nity in­volve­ment.”

Mr Welsh said it took crews 21 min­utes to re­spond to a Moss­man blaze last Sun­day, not 45 min­utes as pre­vi­ously re­ported.

“Sev­eral mem­bers weren’t avail­able but four went there with the Port Dou­glas crew,” he said.

Aux­il­iary fire bri­gade mem­bers are paid for their in­volve­ment and must com­mit to at­tend­ing a cer­tain per­cent­age of weekly train­ing ses­sions and call-outs.

To sign up call Moss­man sta­tion on 4042 5400 or Port Dou­glas sta­tion on 4099 6256.

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