FIRIES NEEDED: Zac Fitzgerald and Caitlin Walker both started with the Charleville Rural Fire Brigade in 2015.
FIRIES NEEDED: Zac Fitzgerald and Caitlin Walker both started with the Charleville Rural Fire Brigade in 2015. Ali Kuchel

All hands on deck for rural fire recruitment

FIRE stations across the southwest have put out the call for new people to fill their halls and their trucks this year.

Area commands and auxiliary stations of the Queensland Rural Fire Brigade from Quilpie to St George are searching for recruits who want to help out in their communities.

Anyone can get a lot from the experience with their local RFS, Charleville Rural Fire Brigade training officer Zac Fitzgerald said.

"We want to entice people to do something new and give back to their community in a different way that they might not have thought about doing before, and it is a great learning experience to join the rural fire brigade,” he said.

"All of the training - the Firefighter Minimum Skills - is provided, and a new member will get partnered up with our current brigade members.

"They will help train new volunteers up and get them to a fire-fighter level.

"Then, when we go out and do training, it further enhances their skills.”

On a local level, most brigades across southwest Queensland do far more than fighting fires.

"We ran Operation Knock Knock, which was all about informing the community about being prepared for the upcoming fire season and storm season, and how they can be better prepared for a natural disaster if it does happen,” Mr Fitzgerald

said.

"Some people do like getting in to give the community a hand and educate them about what to do, and a lot of people think it is all lights and sirens.

"Most of the time we are doing our basic training, and then when the time does come, we are all ready to respond when we have to,” he said.

Local Area Command stations in the rural fire service can answer questions about volunteer recruitment, and many auxiliary stations also have fellow volunteers available to contact.

Local Area Commands

Goondiwindi Command is responsible for Rural Fire Brigades in St George, Bollon and Dirranbandi.

Roma Command also covers brigades in Injune, Wallumbilla, Taroom, Wandoan and Surat.

Charleville Command includes stations in Augathella, Cunnamulla, Mitchell, Morven and Quilpie.


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