With new mem­bers, brigade is on fire

Deniliquin Pastoral Times - - FRONT PAGE -

Two new re­cruits have brought the num­ber of fire­fight­ers pro­tect­ing De­niliquin through Fire and Res­cue NSW to 20.

Bec White and Dy­lan Os­borne re­cently joined the ranks and have been busy learn­ing what their new role means.

Nei­ther had any fire­fight­ing ex­pe­ri­ence when sign­ing up to do their bit for the com­mu­nity, but say they’re glad they took a chance at get­ting in­volved.

Miss White, who is 25 and says she’s proudly ‘‘Deni born and bred’’, said help­ing the com­mu­nity was her main rea­son for join­ing.

She said she is ea­ger to learn as much as she can.

‘‘It’s a good at­mos­phere (in the brigade) and you ac­tu­ally get to help the com­mu­nity too,’’ she said.

‘‘I have learnt things (about fire­fight­ing) that I was pre­vi­ously obliv­i­ous to.’’

Mr Os­borne, aged 23, grew up in South Africa and moved to De­niliquin eight years ago.

He said he chose to join fol­low­ing sup­port from friends who are al­ready fire­fight­ers.

‘‘The brigade has re­ally taken us un­der their wing,’’ he said.

‘‘If you ask about some­thing they don’t hang back to ex­plain, they will pull the whole truck out to show you.’’

Brigade Cap­tain Martin Smith said re­cruit­ment to the brigade is an im­por­tant step to bet­ter pro­tect­ing the com­mu­nity, and wel­comed in­ter­est from any­one else wish­ing to get in­volved.

He said the brigade is only as strong as its vol­un­teers, and the lo­cal busi­nesses who sup­port their em­ploy­ees in their role as a fire­fighter.

‘‘Our mem­bers come from di­verse em­ploy­ment through­out the town, mak­ing it a huge com­mit­ment for em­ploy­ers to al­low us to at­tend fires through­out work hours and to rest be­fore re­turn­ing to nor­mal work du­ties,’’ Capt Smith said.

‘‘It is also a huge com­mit­ment for em­ploy­ees to be fire­fight­ers for the com­mu­nity.

‘‘If any­one would like to be­come a re­tained fire­fighter, I would en­cour­age them to look at the Fire and Res­cue web­site — www.fire.nsw.gov.au — un­der re­cruit­ment and vol­un­teer­ing.’’

LEFT: New De­niliquin Fire and Res­cue NSW re­cruits Dy­lan Os­borne and Bec White.

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