Call out for firefighters

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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.

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