VOLUNTEER numbers at Two Rocks Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade have almost halved in two years, with a call being made for more people to join.
Treasurer Moira Young said two years ago the brigade had more than 20 active volunteers but was now down to 12.
“There are several reasons the numbers have fallen,” she said.
“We’ve had a few FIFO volunteers and sometimes their rosters change; people move out of the area, but the big one is the restriction on volunteers’ time.
“Just last week we had five days of fires in the area and being the smallest volunteer fire brigade in the City of Wanneroo, it does put a lot of pressure on our brigade.
“Our volunteers are all employed and have to ask for time off to attend to incidents during their working hours.
“Their employers are to be applauded for allowing this without penalty or applying for leave.
“While it is a big commitment, it’s enormously rewarding and very much appreciated by the Two Rocks and Yanchep community.”
The brigade recently received recognition through from members of P&N Bank who voted to award the group a $1000 donation through the Helping &nds grant program.
Joondalup branch manager Kyle Salomone said the bank acknowledged the significant and vital role the volunteers played in the community.
“This grant from P&N Bank will allow the volunteers to purchase additional equipment for their vehicles which will assist them to perform their duties more efficiently,” he said.
To contact the brigade about volunteering, visit www.tworocksbfb.org.au.