Firefighte­rs reach mile­stone

Gatton Star - - NEWS - Meg Bolton [email protected]­ton­

FIGHT­ING fires is not for the faint hearted, but for half a cen­tury the With­cott Ru­ral Fire Bri­gade has pri­ori­tised the safety of oth­ers close and afar.

At present the 30-strong group at­tend about 80 fire-re­lated ac­tiv­i­ties each year and per­form up to 30 haz­ard re­duc­tion burns.

Last Sun­day, the ef­forts of present and for­mer mem­bers were recog­nised at a din­ner cel­e­brat­ing 50 years of com­mu­nity ser­vice.

Vol­un­teer com­mu­nity ed­u­ca­tor Jenni Mak­ings said the event was a great op­por­tu­nity to ac­knowl­edge the hard work of vol­un­teers.

“Our mem­bers are all vol­un­teers who choose to do what they do as a ser­vice to the com­mu­nity that they live in and to en­sure that our com­mu­nity, both peo­ple and prop­er­ties, is safe,” Ms Mak­ings said.

“The Ru­ral Fire Ser­vice is an im­por­tant arm of the Queens­land Fire & Emer­gency Ser­vices as we have the re­sources and train­ing to deal with fires and risks in non-ur­ban ar­eas.

“Our ser­vice is the first to be called on when there are grass or bush­fires and we utilise the equip­ment pro­vided to us to min­imise the threat they present.”

South East Re­gion Re­gional Man­ager Su­per­in­ten­dent Alan Gille­spie awarded long ser­vice medals and cer­tifi­cates. PHOTO: SHANTELLE SHORE T/A DIVA CREATIV

WELL DONE: With­cott Ru­ral Fire Bri­gade roll call.

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