SECURING a job as a firefighter with the NSW Forestry Corporation is a dream come true for 20-year-old Meagan Terry.
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“I have always wanted to work as a firefighter, I couldn’t believe it when I got the job,” she said.
Meagan has been a volunteer with the Bulahdelah Rural Fire Brigade for the past three years and has attended more than 100 fires during this time.
“My experience with the RFS got me the job, they know that I am capable of doing it,” she said.
In addition to keeping busy with callouts and training sessions, Meagan experienced her first deployment earlier this year when she travelled to Lismore to assist with the flood clean-up.
“It is a good feeling knowing you are helping out and making a difference,” she said.
“My confidence is boosted every time I go out, every situation is different so I learn something new every time.”
Meagan told News Of The Area the camaraderie that exists between members of the brigade is one of the best parts of volunteering.
“You feel like you are part of a huge family, they look after you and help you every step of the way,” she said.
“You also work with people from other RFS organisations so I have made many new friends, it is like one big extended family.”
Although Meagan is looking forward to her new position, she is hoping for a very quiet season.
“This brigade really helped me out, and if it wasn’t for them, I don’t think that I would have ever had the confidence to do it,” she said.
“You can only get so far on your own without other people supporting you, they were the ones that did extra work with me.”
For anyone considering joining the RFS, Meagan said to “start sooner than later”.
“You can’t learn to be a firefighter overnight,” she said.