At its peak the Bingara Fire Brigade had over 15 on-call firefighters on its books’, today that number has dwindled to just two. Countless attempts by NSW Fire and Rescue to attract new recruits
have been unsuccessful and for the past few years the station has been manned with firefighters from neighbouring towns to keep the station running, a costly and unsustainable exercise which
puts the future of the station in jeopardy.
Superintendent Tom Cooper, Zone Commander for the New England and North West region, is hoping their latest attempt to attract new firefighters will be more fruitful and will be spending a week in Bingara in mid-February, door knocking and hosting a recruitment drive.
“Fire and Rescue NSW employs around 3300 highly-trained professional, on-call firefighters throughout NSW to respond to emergencies in their local community. Right now, we’re desperately
seeking for firefighters in the Bingara area.”
“All our firefighters use specialised vehicles and equipment to prevent and reduce the risk of fire and potential loss of life and property and provide a high standard of response to fire and emergency situations. They also work closely with the local community to increase fire safety awareness and promote fire prevention.”
As part of the recruitment activities Superintendent Cooper will be holding an information night and free BBQ which will coincide with the Bingara Oztag competition held at the Gwydir Oval on Thursday 17 February from 6:00pm.
Superintendent Cooper is encouraging anyone interested in becoming an on-call firefighter to attend the night and says the rewards of being a firefighter are immense. “As a retained firefighter not only are you paid for your service, but you can also access fantastic training opportunities in an environment that fosters mateship and teamwork, all while helping protect your community.”
While Fire and Rescue NSW are looking for men and women of diverse ages and backgrounds, there are some essential requirements. Those applying must hold a current NSW driver’s
licence, be an Australian or New Zealand citizen or a permanent resident of Australia, live or work within a reasonable distance from their local fire station and on occasion, have daytime availability to respond to emergencies.
“Our firefighters enjoy being part of a team and working with the community and other emergency services. So, if this sounds like you, please get in touch with us today,” said Superintendent Cooper.
If you are interested in becoming a firefighter but are unable to attend the information night, please contact Superintendent Tom Cooper on 0400 440 100 or visit www.fire.nsw.gov.au/on-call for more information.