Recruits would be welcomed
“It’s really enjoyable, I love it,” Cathrina Shaw told the Yarrawonga Chronicle. “You learn a new series of skills you put into practice out in the community.
“It’s a really good group here at Mulwala. Everybody has a lot of passion about their work. The training was fantastic at Orchard Hills Sydney and you just learn so much to serve your community.”
Cathrina, who turned 50-years old in June and is a fourth-year apprentice carpenter with Kennedy Builders Mulwala, started with the Mulwala fire brigade in March.
Trevor Nugent began at the Melbourne Street brigade two months ago and also loves his early days training to be a firefighter.
“It’s really good, interesting sort of work, keeps your brain ticking over,” the 33-year-old fitter and turner at Thales munitions factory in Mulwala said.
“I’m looking forward to the whole process of becoming a firefighter.”
Service in the fire brigade movement is strongly recommended by retired firefighter and engine keeper Peter Savy, who served 31.7 years in the Mulwala brigade and joined because of “the community involvement”.
“Initially it was fighting fires and shortly after rescues of all sorts – car accidents, the lot – came in,” the CEO at Yarrawonga Mulwala Golf Club Resort said.
Fire and Rescue NSW Station 394 Mulwala Unit is keen to recruit locals to train as firefighters and if the views of its latest two recruits are anything to go on, recruits will find plenty of work satisfaction if they join.
“It involved a lot of hours of training but it’s all worth it. I really enjoyed it. A great bunch of guys. I worked under two captains in Bob Brooker and Vin Slattery, and three vicecaptains Johnny Orr, Vin Slattery and Adam Thomson. The training provided there is excellent.”
Fire and Rescue work is essential for every community and Peter was formally recognised with service medals for achieving 15, 25 and 30 years of service.
“There are plenty of fun times such as the Royal Children’s Hospital Appeal, driving around town collecting money for such as great cause,” the October 2019-retired firefighter said.
“I wanted to serve the community and still hold my head high, and feel proud of my service.”
Captain of the Mulwala unit, Matt Jarrad would like to have four more recruits join the brigade at Mulwala.
“We currently have twelve firefighters but would like to have our full complement of sixteen,” he said. “They would be made welcome and I believe, like our two latest recruits, would like this career.”