It appears that the RFS (Rural Fire Service) is currently running at a bit over 50% of its optimum manning level.
As such I put it to all the RiotACTers and others to check out what it takes to become an RFS volunteer. Sure, it takes time, dedication, and the will to see it through, and the rewards are certainly not great, however, the RFS is a vital part of our community and will remain so.
Information about joining the RFS can be found here.
Interestingly, I went to an SES awards ceremony last night where a number of long serving SES members recieved very nice, framed certificates for their service. Tony Graham mentioned, in his lead up speech, that the average time a person spends in SES is about three years so it is reasonable to expect that this is the same for the RFS.
Both SES and RFS do have a retention problem so I will again implore anyone that is interested to explore the possibility of joining, not only RFS, but alternatively, the SES.
As I said, it’s hard, tiring, sometimes boring, dirty work, yet it is for the greater good of the community.