Higher call­ing

The Advocate (Perth) - - FRONT PAGE - Lisa Thomas

BULLSBROOK’S Ray War­ren has spent more than half his life as a vol­un­teer for the Depart­ment of Fire and Emer­gency Ser­vices and is en­cour­ag­ing oth­ers to get in­volved ahead of Na­tional Vol­un­teer Week.

BULLSBROOK res­i­dent Ray War­ren has ded­i­cated more than half of his life to vol­un­teer­ing and help­ing save lives.

The 48-year-old be­came a vol­un­teer for the East Swan Vol­un­teer Bush­fire Brigade in 1989 and an in­au­gu­ral mem­ber of the Swan Com­mu­ni­ca­tion Brigade when it be­gan in 1994, help­ing to fight fires as a ra­dio op­er­a­tor.

Mr War­ren was born with spina bi­fida, which meant he had to use a wheel­chair from a young age. He said his de­sire to be a fire­fighter came about as a young child.

“My un­cle was a fire­fighter and as a young kid I spent a lot of time at Princess Mar­garet Hospi­tal,” he said.

“My mum would al­ways take me to the Perth Fire Sta­tion af­ter hospi­tal to see my un­cle.”

It wasn’t un­til Mr War­ren’s sis­ter got a job at the City of Swan that his dream of be­com­ing a fire­fighter came true af­ter a meet­ing with ranger ser­vices.

“Be­ing part of a team and be­ing able to give back to the com­mu­nity is a great feel­ing. Emer­gency man­age­ment has al­ways in­ter­ested me and it’s some­thing I never thought I’d be able to do,” he said.

He said vol­un­teer­ing had been a great ex­pe­ri­ence.

“You work in a team with peo­ple from a whole range of back­grounds and learn skills in life and for the role,” he said.

Mr War­ren en­cour­aged peo­ple from all walks of life to get in­volved with vol­un­teer­ing.

“There’s al­ways a role that some­one can do, not mat­ter what your abil­i­ties may be,” he said.

Pic­ture: David Baylis www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d482619

Swan Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Vol­un­teer Bush Fire Brigade mem­ber Ray War­ren.

Pic­ture: David Baylis www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d482619

Swan Com­mu­ni­ca­tion Brigade vol­un­teer Ray War­ren.

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