New volunteers invigorate brigade

New volunteers have joined the Colac Fire Brigade’s team after it completed a pre-summer recruitment drive for new firefighters and supporters. Pictured from left are Judy Skinner, Murray Sutton, Kim Tucker, Geoff Fisk, Jeremy Barren and Scott Peschel.

Colac Fire Brigade’s pre-summer recruiting drive has seen the station land a host of new volunteers to respond to the city’s emergencies.

The brigade’s Murray Sutton said Colac firefighters had launched a recruitment drive in early October after former volunteers had moved away or changed careers and couldn’t respond to incidents.

He said since the recruitment drive started, seven members had joined Colac Fire Brigade.

“We’ve got two members attending a minimum-skills training this weekend, which will be good, they’ll be ready to go once that training’s finished,” Murray said.

“We have another three that will be going on the February course, two support members and another member has transferred to us from another brigade, so we’ve had success with it.

“With the members we’ve got, these new ones, they’re invigorating the brigade, they’re keen as, they’re bringing in new energy which is great.”

Murray said major emergencies such as the bushfires which have ravaged New South Wales and Queensland in recent weeks could often contribute to volunteer increases.

He said increased junior brigade numbers was also a promising sign for the brigade’s future, but that Colac still needed more volunteer firefighters to ensure its response capabilities.

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