The head of Narrogin Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service is calling for at least 10 more volunteers to join his crew ahead of the bushfire season to ensure the town is not caught short in a major emergency. There are currently 15 people volunteering with Narrogin VFRS and only seven of those members are highly active, according to Narrogin VFRS captain Cameron Hayes. Mr Hayes, pictured, said his main concern ahead of the bushfire season was a “major fire” getting away from them. “Without the right number of volunteers we don’t have effective capabilities to fight larger fires,” he said. “We don’t have fatigue management and a prime example of that was the structure fire the other weekend where we had to call on resources from other places. “The more resources we can put to a fire right at the start, that’s absolutely crucial.” Mr Hayes was the first on the scene of a warehouse fire in Narrogin late on Saturday, November 6. Volunteers crews from Wagin and Williams joined the fight before back-up arrived from Perth on Sunday morning. Mr Hayes said not having enough volunteers meant resources would be stretched in the event of multiples fires across Narrogin and neighbouring areas. “It just keeps our resources quite thin here, especially if we have another major fire somewhere else and we end up sending resources there,” he said. “We are quite often called upon for deployments to other towns to help with other fires. “We have been to all the major fires, we went to Wooroloo, the bushfires over in New South Wales, and to the bushfires in Yarloop, Boddington, Gingin and Bullsbrook.” Mr Hayes said fuel loads across the southern Wheatbelt and Great Southern were higher than usual this year due to major rainfall events in winter. In July, flooding left farmers stranded on their properties in Dumbleyung and claimed the life of one man in Wagin. As the region dried out, those higher fuel loads would pose serious risks if left unchecked. “It means our response times have to be as good as we can make them and hopefully our crews are always available,” he said. “It usually makes access limited and gives the fire more to run with and get going. “It means that if we don’t get to it quickly or if it’s not called in then it gets the chance to get up and going, especially in the nature reserves or bushland.” Mr Hayes said if people had thought about volunteering, now was the time to sign up. “We have a bit of a motto which is ‘what you can, when you can, to the very best of your ability’ — and that’s all we can ask of people,” he said. “We know people can’t turn out all the time, we just ask them to turn out when they can. “Just come along, it’s absolutely incredible. You meet people you never would have thought of and you will get training to do things you never would have thought you could do.” Call Narrogin VFRS on 9881 2944.