Gosnells Bush Fire Brigade calls for more volunteers

Back L to R - Stuart Gibson, Calum Watson, Kylie McKeith  Front - Gareth Hemingway (All Volunteer Firefighters) Picture: Jon Hewson www.communitypix.com.au   d443483
Back L to R - Stuart Gibson, Calum Watson, Kylie McKeith Front - Gareth Hemingway (All Volunteer Firefighters) Picture: Jon Hewson www.communitypix.com.au d443483

THE Gosnells Bush Fire Brigade is calling for volunteers as the bushfire season approaches.

The brigade responds to more than 100 emergencies every year and is recruiting volunteers now so they can be trained before the season starts.

Chief bush fire control officer Rodney Wallington said people had to live within 15 minutes of the station and commit to a week every four weeks.

“It is going to be another busy season so we want to train people at the start of the season,” he said.

“If you are thinking about it, come down and meet the volunteers.”

He said people should not be worried about fitness levels if they were considering joining.

“A lot of people worry about the fitness component,” he said.

“As long as you are reasonably fit, we have people of all shapes and sizes.

“Come down, give it a go.”

City of Gosnells Mayor Dave Griffiths said without the volunteer bush fire brigade, the City would not be able to respond to emergencies in an effective and timely manner.

“Their role is so important to the City and our volunteers know that they’re valuable members of our community,” Cr Griffiths said.

He said the brigade provided all training and equipment at no cost.

There are more than 26,000 volunteer bush firefighters in WA.

For more information, contact the Brigade Captain on 0438 391 322 or visit the station on any Monday night from 7pm at the Emergency Operations Centre, Canning Park Avenue, Maddington.