Northern Beaches Rural Fire Service volunteers have been praised for National Volunteer Week.

With a strong culture and presence on the Northern Beaches, NSW Rural Fire Service (NSW RFS) Superintendent Guy Baddock praised the hard work and dedication of local NSW RFS volunteer firefighters.

Guy Baddock

Guy Baddock

“Our brigades are made up of volunteers from all walks of life, men and women from different backgrounds, age groups and professions.

“They are a reflection of our local communities and we are fortunate to have them on hand to help us during times of emergency.

“Volunteers are the backbone of the [Rural Fire] Service, every day people who give up their own time to provide assistance to others,” said Superintendent Baddock.

National Volunteer Week 2022 (16 – 22 May) aims to highlight the work of volunteers like NSW RFS, NSW SES, Marine Rescue NSW, WIRES and the myriad of other local volunteer organisations. It also marks the opening of nominations for the 2022 NSW Volunteer of the Year Awards.

The awards are now in their 16th year, run by the Centre for Volunteering. CEO Gemma Rygate explained the awards are a way to thank, recognise and celebrate the efforts of the four million volunteers in NSW.

“It’s National Volunteer Week, so there is no better time to say thank you to people who give their time to make their communities stronger right across NSW,” said Ms Rygate.

Superintendent Baddock has also put out a call for people to consider joining the NSW RFS, with a range of rewarding opportunities, not just in firefighting roles.

“There’s far more to the NSW RFS than fighting bush fires and there are many areas where volunteers can provide an invaluable service, such as communications, aviation and logistical support, catering and administration.

“In Northern Beaches Rural Fire District, we have 17 brigades who are made up of men and women from all cultural backgrounds and professions, making each brigade a reflection of the local community it serves.

“The people living in the Northern Beaches Rural Fire District area should all be exceptionally proud of our NSW RFS volunteers, and National Volunteer Week is the perfect time for us all to acknowledge their importance and thank them for their tireless efforts.

“Becoming a volunteer with the NSW RFS is a straightforward process and we provide all the training required to fill the role you wish to take on. Members have dozens of nationally-recognised courses available to them, covering areas such as firefighting, first aid and leadership,” said Superintendent Baddock.

NSW RFS Brigades on the Northern Beaches include:

  • Headquarters. 1a Kamber Road, Terrey Hills.
  • Beacon Hill. 72A Willandra Road, Oxford Falls.
  • Belrose. 207A Forest Way, Belrose.
  • Coal & Candle. 301a McCarrs Creek Road, Terrey Hills.
  • Cottage Point. Cottage Point Road, Cottage Point.
  • Davidson. 43 Borgnis Street, Davidson.
  • Duffys Forest. 9 Anembo Road, Duffys Forest.
  • Ingleside. King Road, Ingleside.
  • Mackerel Beach. Diggers Crescent, Mackerel Beach.
  • Scotland Island. Kevin Avenue, Scotland Island.
  • Terrey Hills. Yulong Avenue, Terrey Hills.
  • Tumbledown Dick. Tumburra Street, Ingleside.
  • West Pittwater. Elvina Bay and Lovett Bay.

Information about becoming a member of the NSW RFS is available at the RFS website or by calling 1800 679 737.

Nominations for the 2022 NSW Volunteer of the Year Awards close at 5.00pm Friday, 17 June 2022.

Images: Northern Beaches Advocate
Video: NSW RFS

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