Fired up to help for Christmas
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.
Stephen Walsh and Rottnest Fire and Rescue fire control officer Bradley Marinich.