Recruits wanted for Eaglehawk CFA

September 10, 2021 BY

Call out: The Eaglehawk Fire Brigade is seeking new members to join its team. Photos: SUPPLIED

EAGLEHAWK Fire Brigade is calling for new members to join the team.

The fire and rescue service are looking to fill positions in its firefighting, community education, brigade support and competitions teams.

Captain of Eaglehawk Fire Brigade Kylie Davis said the roles range from emergency response to treasurer and fundraisers.

“We’re looking for young people 16 plus, men and women of all ages, active retirees, shift workers and people from culturally diverse communities,” she said.

“We’ve been around for 148 years now, without volunteers the brigade wouldn’t exist.

“We’ve always been 100 per cent volunteer based, the brigade responds to grassfires, bushfires, house and building fires and vehicle accidents as well.”

Ms Davis said there are a number of benefits of joining the team that extend further than firefighting.

“You’ll receive national recognised accredited training, which is both beneficial for personal and work life,” she said.

“You might get your first aid certificate, you’ll know how to respond to emergencies safely, use of emergency vehicles because Eaglehawk have a pumper and a tanker.”

“You’ll learn effective communication skills, you’ll learn some leadership skills as well.”

The brigade turns out to a mix of urban and rural firefighting calls.

Eaglehawk Fire Brigade is looking for shift workers to take up day-time firefighting positions that can volunteer their time between 9am and 5pm.

“They need to live within the Eaglehawk, Jackass Flat, California Gully, Sailors Gully, Myers Flat,” Ms Davis said.

“Those immediate surrounding areas of Eaglehawk, to actually be able respond in a timely manner.

“We’re looking for a treasurer, a person with some previous bookkeeping experience would be fantastic, they might be semi-retire or a person who is retired and doesn’t want to jump on the back of a truck.”

Ms Davis said the community education position involves, “Preparedness and prevention events the brigade might hold or fundraising around the local area.”

The competition team focuses on fitness, endurance and firefighting skills, with the team competing in CFA-wide championship events.

For more information check out cfa.vic.gov.au/volunteers-careers.

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