CAN YOU HELP? The Woolgoolga Rural Fire Brigade relies solely on volunteer members and is always looking for new fire fighters to join its ranks.
CAN YOU HELP? The Woolgoolga Rural Fire Brigade relies solely on volunteer members and is always looking for new fire fighters to join its ranks. Robert Watkin

Brigade which relies solely on volunteers calls for more help

WOOLGOOLGA Rural Fire Brigade is putting the call out for more volunteer fire fighters to join its ranks.

The brigade, which serves the community in instances such as bush and house fires, relies solely on volunteers.

The local brigade has been building its numbers over the last couple of years and is looking for more members to strengthen the team over the current fire season.

For brigade captain Jeff Luke, serving the community as a volunteer firefighter is his biggest honour.

"Helping others in times of need, no matter how dire or how small, is what makes our role so rewarding," Mr Luke said.

He said working with other volunteers is also a rewarding part of the role.

"The friendships developed in the RFS are unique in themselves, in that we may not see our colleagues from other brigades or districts for years, but when we do meet up, we pick up where we left off and it's usually accompanied by lots of laughs and mateship."

Volunteers will develop transferable skills such as commitment and management skills, and have the opportunity to rise through the brigade ranks if they wish.

Balancing a busy life can be difficult, so the brigade has a policy of 'give as much or as little time as you can.'

"Prioritising family, work and brigade in that order makes for a more inclusive brigade and allows our members to function effectively.

"It also maintains the support networks that are so vital to volunteering."

To get involved as a volunteer firefighter or for more information, visit http://www.woolgoolgarfb.info.