On Monday, Broken Hill Fire and Rescue Service (BHFRS) not only responded to a house fire, they also attended a tip fire, as well as their normal training and routine community checks.
Station Commander, Don Peters, said the BHFRS put the fire out successfully but these days they often have the Broken Hill Rural Fire Service (RFS) assist in responding to emergencies.
The BHFRS are running 10 people short SC Peters said.
“We need another 10 casual on-call firefighters to assist in meeting the needs of the local service,” he said.
On-call firefighters are paid to attend emergencies and training.
SC Peters made a special point of saying that women are encouraged to apply for the positions.
“We have three permanent female firefighters, and two to three casual on-call firefighters, and would happily welcome more.”
SC Peters explained that on-call firefighters nominate when they are available so if there is an important family get together or a person must work, that is recorded, and they go on-call when they can.
“There are medical and physical checks to pass to be a firefighter and a person needs to be able to drive to the station when needed so they need at least a red P-plate licence,” he added.
SC Peters welcomed anyone to come to the station and meet him and other firefighters to discuss becoming an on-call firefighter.
Broken Hill Rural Fire Service assisting BHFRS
The BHFRS have the assistance of the RFS and have attended multiple emergencies in the past 12 months.
“We’ve only had the Broken Hill RFS for the last 12 months and usually they attend bushfires but they are being used quite a bit (in town), “ he said.
“Now we can utilise them as an extra service, co-operating and training with them. They have assisted in three house fires and an Adelaide road emergency in the past year.”
According to SC Peters, the house fire was a small blaze contained in a bedroom where a lithium battery had caught alight.