Volunteering with rural fireys not just about fighting fires

RURAL Fire Service volunteers don't always fight fires, Fraser Coast residents have been told.

Queensland Fire and Rescue Service north coast regional manager Peter Hollier said as well as the operational roles, including firefighter, first officer and brigade officer, the non-operational roles included chairperson, secretary and volunteer community educator.

"There is a general perception the main task of rural volunteers is fighting fires but there is much more to the role," he said.

"We have volunteers actively involved in community education, fundraising, administration, incident management, communication and catering."

Mr Hollier 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.

RFS volunteers can also be deployed across the state to assist during fires, floods and storms.

Mr Hollier said joining the RFS 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, visit www.ruralfire.qld.gov.au/volunteering. Members need to be at least 16 years old.



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