There is a general perception the main task of rural volunteers is fighting fires, but there is much more to the role
If you thought the Rural Fire Service was only about fighting fires, think again.
Join the Rural Fire Service this bushfire season and become one of approximately 34,000 volunteers Queensland-wide who are serious about protecting their community.
Queensland Fire and Rescue Service (QFRS) South Eastern Acting Regional Manager for Rural Operations Fergus Adrian said the Rural Fire Service needed people from all walks of life with a range of skills to keep brigades running in rural areas.
“There is a general perception the main task of rural volunteers is fighting fires, but there is much more to the role,” Mr Adrian said.
“We have volunteers actively involved in community education, fundraising, administration, incident management, communication and catering.”
Positions range from operational roles, including firefighter, first officer and brigade officer through to non-operational roles including chairperson, secretary and volunteer community educator.
Mr Adrian said in addition to responding to fires, Rural Fire Brigades also undertook a range of planning and preparation activities throughout the year to prepare communities for the fire season.
“Brigades conduct hazard reduction burns to reduce excess vegetation and minimise the potential for bushfires to become out of control,” he said.
“As Members are familiar and well versed in fire behaviour and prevention in their area, they also deliver community education programs.
Rural Fire Service volunteers can also be deployed across the State to assist during fires, floods and storms.
Mr Adrian said joining the Rural Fire Service was a great way to get involved in the community and offered fantastic opportunities for self development.
“As a member of a rural fire brigade you have the opportunity to not only help protect your community but master new skills through the wide variety of training available to you,” he said.
To find out more about becoming a volunteer visit www.ruralfire.qld.gov.au or contact your local Rural Operations Area Office. Members need to be at least 16 years of age.
For more information or to arrange an interview with a local volunteer contact Community Safety Media on 3635 3310.