Sharon loves putting her community first
WHEREVER Sharon Brown has lived, she’s wanted to give back to her community.
So it’s no surprise that when she moved to the Fraser Coast, she wanted to find a group that needed her help and become a volunteer. Six years ago she found her calling when she joined the Dunmora Rural Fire Brigade, selflessly giving her time to help put out bushfires in her region.
Ms Brown says it would be impossible to estimate how many fires she had attended. In her first year she bought a notepad and was determined to keep track of them all, but she quickly filled it and never bothered to get a new one.
With two young children and her job selling Bundy Juice four days a week, life can get pretty busy. Ms Brown’s husband works away, adding to her hectic schedule, but she loves being a volunteer and says peoWhile ple are pretty understanding if their juice is a bit late some days.
“My customers know if I don’t turn up I either have to go to the kids or have to go to a fire,” she said.
The worst fire Ms Brown has seen was a house fire at Oakhurst which left a 16-year-old girl with serious burns. She was there with the Dunmora fire brigade assisting the urban crews that day.
it can be challenging, Ms Brown wouldn’t have it any other way. There are eight brigades across the region and she says the volunteers enjoy working together to keep homes and communities safe.
“It’s good to get out and help other people,” she said. “It’s good to be able to be part of your community.”
To find out more about becoming a volunteer for a rural fire service, call 4190 4839.
DEDICATION: Dunmora Rural Fire Brigade volunteer Sharon Brown loves helping out the community.