Fired up to help for Christ­mas

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Your Guide To Christmas - Denise S. Cahill

ROT­TNEST Is­land Vol­un­teer Fire and Rescue sec­ond lieu­tenant and Dome owner Stephen Walsh is gear­ing up for a big Christ­mas Day.

Mr Walsh said the vol­un­teers were on call 24-7, even on Christ­mas Day.

“There’s so many more peo­ple on the is­land this time of year, so there’s ob­vi­ously a few more emer­gen­cies and ac­ci­dents,” he said.

“We get called out to ev­ery­thing and as­sist the nurs­ing post in a big way.

“Peo­ple here be­have very well but ev­ery now and then they get in ac­ci­dents.”

Christ­mas Day is the only day Dome is closed so Mr Walsh hosts an “or­phans Christ­mas” with his wife Irene, two daugh­ters and five grand­chil­dren.

Mr Walsh said they had 13 dif­fer­ent na­tion­al­i­ties work­ing in Dome.

“I’ll just bring in peo­ple I’ve met on the street,” he said.

“We make a big deal of Christ­mas; it’s big for us be­cause then we get very busy.”

Fire con­trol of­fi­cer Bradley Marinich will join the Walsh family at Dome for Christ­mas Day.

“Is­land life is amaz­ing,” Mr Walsh said.

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie d462756

Stephen Walsh and Rot­tnest Fire and Rescue fire con­trol of­fi­cer Bradley Marinich.

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