Mem­ber pro­file: David Stock­man

Galston, Glenorie and Hills Rural News - - Community News -

How long have you been a part of the Gal­ston Ru­ral Fire Brigade?

I am now start­ing my 40th year in the Brigade.

What is your role there?

I am cur­rently Sta­tion Of­fi­cer, as well as be­ing a Life Mem­ber of the brigade.

When you’re not at the brigade, what do you do for a liv­ing?

I am semi-re­tired but still con­duct Guided His­tory Tours for the Navy, af­ter 48 years at Gar­den Is­land.

What made you join the RFS?

Af­ter see­ing my first bush­fire sweep through West Pen­nant Hills in 1965, I de­cided to do some­thing for the com­mu­nity when I could.

What makes be­ing part of the RFS so unique?

The R.F.S. is like a big fam­ily. You all look out for each other and you share the joys and sor­rows of other fire­fight­ers.

What is a fond mem­ory you have of your time at the brigade?

The nights of the Chi­nese Ban­quets we used to hold with our fam­i­lies.

How has it changed over the years?

When I joined there was no ba­sic train­ing, it was on the job train­ing. We paid half the cost of our boots, cloth nap­pies were used for smoke masks and there were only six pairs of gog­gles, and these were on the truck. Leather beat­ers were still com­monly used to help put out fires and we wore white over­alls - how­ever we didn’t wear ties to fires as some brigades did at the time.

Our call­outs were sig­nalled by a siren at the fire shed. There was also no toi­let at the shed... this is what trees were used for. Many of us would also need to travel on the out­side of the truck in all kinds of weather.

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