Sharon loves putting her com­mu­nity first

Fraser Coast Chronicle - - NEWS -

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.

Photo: Carlie Walker

DEDICATION: Dun­mora Ru­ral Fire Bri­gade vol­un­teer Sharon Brown loves help­ing out the com­mu­nity.

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