Call out for firefighters
Fire and Rescue NSW (FRNSW) is calling for community-minded men and women to consider joining the Retained (professional on call) Firefighter ranks at Tocumwal.
Retained firefighters are on-call from home or work to respond to fires and other emergencies in their community. There are currently a number of vacancies for Retained Firefighters at Tocumwal Fire Rescue.
Captain Ian Desailly urged residents from all walks of life to consider becoming a retained firefighter.
‘‘Your local fire station relies on people in the community to put their hand up to become firefighters – without that support, regional fire stations cannot survive,’’ he said.
Retained firefighters balance work and family commitments to respond to fires and other emergencies on an ‘on call’, part-time basis.
Capt. Desailly said training included advanced first aid, heavy vehicle driving and how to deal with emergencies such as fires, road accidents and hazardous material spills. Firefighters also educate the community on fire safety and prevention. In addition to these core fire and rescue services, the Tocumwal Fire Rescue brigade also provides a Community First Responder service in association with Ambulance NSW which sees the brigade provide first response to medical emergencies in the local area.
‘‘Retained firefighters are on call, however this does not mean that you have to be available every minute of every day,’’ he said.
‘‘Sharing availability with other retained firefighters can reduce any potential impact on work and private life.’’
FRNSW Commissioner Paul Baxter said retained firefighters played a critical role in the delivery of fire and emergency services across regional and rural NSW.
‘‘You don’t need to be superman or superwoman to be a firefighter – we want people who are reliable and keen to help others, especially local residents who are available to respond to emergencies during the day,’’ he said.
‘‘If you’re a local employer, think about encouraging your staff to become firefighters. Not only will you be helping the community, but your staff will be trained in a whole range of skills.’’
For more information on becoming a retained firefighter with Fire Rescue NSW at Tocumwal, visit www.fire.nsw.gov.au or contact firefighter Matt Henderson on 0409 850 154.