Two Rocks fireys need volunteers

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The Two Rocks Volunteer Bushfire Brigade needs new members as the number of volunteers has fallen in the past two years.

THE Two Rocks Volunteer Bushfire Brigade urgently needs volunteers to continue their good work.

Butler MLA John Quigley and the Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades have both called for people to support the Two Rocks brigade.

Mr Quigley said the number of volunteers at the Two Rocks Volunteer Bushfire Brigade had almost halved in the past two years. “They need volunteers so they can continue this vital service for the local area,’’ he said.

“If you have spare time and want to do something truly worthwhile for your community, then visit www.tworocksbfb.org.au or call the brigade captain Derek Young on 0427 026 000.

Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades president Dave Gossage said it was a sad fact and due to many reasons but voluntarism was generally in decline in Australia and for some invaluable volunteer bush fire brigades, numbers had fallen to a concerning level.

Mr Gossage said the government was saying there was a big debt to reduce so any gaps had to be filled with volunteers and not with paid staff.

“It is therefore critically important that we all work together to identify the issues behind the decline and try to find new ways to attract and retain those who protect us in ways that no one else can or will,’’ he said.

“Please do your best to share this post with your friends and families and whenever you get the chance, have a chat to your Member of Parliament and encourage them to get in touch with the Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (AVBFB) about how they can help us help our brigades attract and retain the invaluable volunteers we all need.

“Congratulations Two Rocks VBFB for working as hard as you do and being innovative in your approach to recruitment and to the Attorney General John Quigley thank you for supporting your local volunteer bushfire brigade.’’