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The page owners are active Volunteer Firefighters.

Volunteering is an extremely rewarding experience and being a firefighter is also very exciting. It is hard work and often very dangerous. Unlike the mining companies, we have to rely on our training to execute our tasks. There is no time to sitdown and do a Take 5 or JSA prior to fighting a fire. Putting this into context, imagine it is your house burning, with your family and pets inside. Do you want us to spend 5 minutes doing a Take 5 and then sitting down for 30 odd minutes to do a JSA. NO? That;s why we train, every week, over and over again.

I hate the term "just" volunteers. We are more than that, we are THE fire fighters for this state. There are only 1000 paid fire fighters, and over 24,000 volunteers, who do you think is coming to you hills property or farm? As voltunteers we don't get paid and many of us lose pay from a normal jobs, $15,000 one year for me.

We don't often see the outcomes for the victims or casualties we assist. That is probably better sometimes.

I did revisit Waroona 6 weeks after the fire, and I couldn't believe the damage caused. Our area we fought in was small, and we did save properties. I take my hat off to the bravery of people who remained to protect their properties. On arrival at Waroona, we prepared to go to Yarloop, but were then retasked to another area. This was the night Yarloop was destroyed and 2 men died. A picture is on the internet showing us waiting for transport back to Perth. It depicts very weary fire fighters (awake for over 24 hours, and working all night), but it doesn't show the pain caused by the loss of those two men. Could we have made a difference to Yarloop? Maybe not, but we did make a difference to the houses we saved. And there are many other fire fighters just like us.

You can see a very small section of the Waroona Fire in these clips.












It makes me very proud to see the signs that say "Thanks to the firies", but there are so many other volunteers who assist in many ways, from those that cook our food, to the  SJA volunteers who are waiting to help if we are injured. I feel honoured when a local shakes my hand and says"Thanks for saving our town".

Every time you hear that fire siren, think of those in distress and know we are on the way to help, so please move over and slow down to let us through, stop on the green light if you can so we can cross the intersection, someone needs us real quick.

You may hear us joke around, and we will certainly swear. I think in Australia that's how we release our tensions. In one of the Waroona videos you will hear some chiacking as we approach, but once the fire is reached the truck goes quiet, and we all begin to feel very small, and but we have comfort knowing the others in the vehicle are part of the team and we will support each other, always.


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