Monday, October 31, 2011

Rural Fire Service


There are nine ACT Rural Fire Service Brigades, which protect people and property from fire in the non-suburban areas of Canberra (although they are sometimes called on to fight fires in the suburbs and interstate as well). They also play a significant role in promoting bushfire awareness, which is why one of the Hall units was at a local fete recently.

The RFS involves over 400 volunteers, aged from 12 up. Between 12 and 16 years, members are cadets and not involved in fire-fighting, and then they can become members (with some restrictions) until they're 18. There are also 120 paid fire fighters and 12 headquarters staff. Hall Brigade trains twice a month for two hours, and welcomes enquiries and new members (email hallfirebrigade@gmail.com).

1 comment:

Paul @ Leeds DP said...

I think its a great idea to involve young people in the fire service, such a worthwhile thing for them to do. My uncle was a London fireman for most of his working life, though he is now retired.