Firefighters hope to boost ranks

Laura GrubisaNarrogin Observer

Williams Volunteer Fire and Rescue is looking for new members to assist in emergencies.

The brigade works closely with the police, SES and surrounding volunteer brigades in the case of a call-out.

Michael Tinley works as a police officer at the Williams station and volunteers as a firefighter.

“Pretty much anyone can be a volunteer with us,” he said.

“There are checks you go through when you apply and most people would easily be able to do the tasks required.”

All training is provided for new volunteers, and as Mr Tinley says, “they just have to be able and willing”.

“We’re quite flexible here, depending on a person’s commitments, but call-outs can be at any time, day or night and over weekends,” he said.

“When you join, you just let the captain know what your personal commitments are and when you’re likely to be available to attend and you go to incidents when you can.”

The Williams brigade has six regular volunteers but would like to see that number increase to at least 10.

“I’d love to see 10 regulars and maybe 15 all up, that would be great,” Mr Tinley said.

There is plenty of training available for new members and the team hosts a regular training night once a month. As well as being a vital part of the community, the brigade is also a great way to meet new people and socialise.

“We have social gatherings with people in the other emergency organisations and we meet together pretty regularly and have either trainings or just a get together to discuss issues,” Mr Tinely said. Mr Tinley first completed two years of training in Albany to become a fire-fighter before joining the police force in Perth and moving to Williams. For more information on joining Williams Volunteer Fire and Rescue, call captain Trevor Palframan on 0427 478 473.

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