WANNEROO ranger and surveillance officer Eric Ayers recently received life membership to the WA Rangers Association (WARA).
Mr Ayers first became a ranger in the Town of Vincent in 1999, then worked at the Town of Cambridge before joining the City of Wanneroo in 2006.
He has been a member of WARA for 15 years, and was its president for six years until stepping down in 2015.
Mr Ayers served on WARA’s off-road vehicle committee, RSPCA policy group, animal emergency group and various other groups over the years.
He said the association was the recognised industry body for rangers, whose jobs involved a variety of tasks.
“The role is a varied one; some of the main aspects are animal and fire control, and administration and enforcement of local and State laws,” he said.
“There’s a lot of problem-solving involved in our job, dealing with customers’ requirements.”
Mr Ayers said rangers’ work included checking fire breaks, dealing with stray dogs, cats and livestock, as well as dog barking complaints and dog attacks.
“There’s a lot of investigative work, following up on all sorts of lines of enquiry to get a result,” he said.
The ranger said they also liaised with other departments, such as police, and animal welfare groups.