There is a fair bit of work being done in air-conditioned offices around the very serious issue of succession planning in light of the fact that the number of emergency services volunteers has been falling in WA for some time.
And of course, that admin work is always going to have to be done before any government can commit resources, but we think we know of another way to help change the direction of the graph – invest in our young people with meaningful and engaging experiences.
Which is just what a number of WA’s 570+ Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades actively do, all year round.
One great example of this is personified by the amazing women and men of the Bunbury Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade. As you can see by the photo and accompanying caption, part of the experience provided to the huge group of Young Fire Fighters of the Future (YFFoF) working at the Bunbury VBFB is a visit to the local CFRS Station to learn about our paid colleagues and the equipment they use in their daily work.
Well done Bunbury VBFB for the investment you are making in our collective future and thanks to the CFRS lads who were obviously very happy to share their stories with our next invaluable generation.