Pindimar/Tea Gardens RFS open to new recruits

The RFS vehicles, vital to what the Service does, get the attention they deserve every week.

FIREFIGHTERS are welcomed from all kinds of backgrounds, as seen at the Tea Gardens Rural Fire Service (RFS) Station on Wanya Road, Tea Gardens, every Tuesday morning.

The local brigade is always on the lookout for new recruits to bolster their volunteer force, and locals can drop in for an informal visit to check out the operation on any Tuesday between 9-11am.

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“Every Tuesday, volunteers roll out the trucks and vehicles and give them a maintenance check, so this is a good chance for anyone who is interested to see what the brigade uses,” Captain David Bright told NOTA.

The idea is to make sure no nasty surprises crop up during a real call-out action, and also to comply with regular FireCom checks.

“Members of the public who might be interested in joining the local Brigade are welcome to drop by and have a no-obligation look, say g’day and have a cuppa, and see the RFS up close and personally,” Captain Bright said.

“Anyone who might have interest in active or support roles, all skill-sets are welcome and can be utilised.”

“The main things that we are looking for are a good attitude, and a wish to assist in protecting our community.”

The gents usually on-site on Tuesdays have, half-jokingly, talked about a near-future need to attach hooks to the trucks to mount their walking-frames and other mobility assistance devices, given that the average age of the Pindimar/Tea Gardens Brigade is currently around 65.

The Brigade welcomed three new members in 2023, who helped bring that average down a bit.

When asked, all three new recruits agreed that joining the RFS was a great way to learn some new skills, meet new people, and take on a legitimately active role in protecting their local community and property.

By Thomas O’KEEFE

RFS Captain David Bright and Firefighter Mark watch as Equipment Officer Maurie ‘directs’ Gary and Peter in the trucks. Head down on Tuesday mornings to see what this is all about.

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