BUSY TIMES: Kyogle RFS having been fighting fires even in winter and are looking for new volunteers.
BUSY TIMES: Kyogle RFS having been fighting fires even in winter and are looking for new volunteers. Doug Eaton

Busy brigade needs a hand

IT MAY be the middle of winter but harsh frosts and no rain have meant Kyogle Rural Fire Services have been kept busy with out-of-control burn-offs.

Learning and development officer Helen Carlos said teams had been very busy at the weekend with a grassfire at Lynches Creek.

"They also often back up other brigades from places like Afterlee and Grevillea," she said. "They are a very busy brigade."

For this reason, Kyogle station is looking for new members.

"Last year they had 16 call-outs in 14 days and it was the same five people who could get there," Ms Carlos said.

While the station currently has 10 members, the volunteers know that extra people will help.

"It takes the pressure off, especially in fire season," Ms Carlos said. "That way they get to share the work

load."

Cody Runciman joined the brigade at 16 years of age. Now at 20, he sees it as a way of life.

"I have been involved because my father was in (the brigade)," he said. "I love doing the training, especially when it is more difficult and adventurous."

The RFS is not just for men either, as the newest recruit is Rose Job, 18.

"I joined in February this year and my dad was in the Grevillea brigade," she said.

"I see it as my turn to give back to the community."

With nationally recognised training given, Rural Fire Services would like to hear from anyone who would like to volunteer.

"People don't have to be physically able as there are many roles that don't involve fighting fires." Ms Carlos said.



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