Bushfire Games breathe life into volunteering

Bushfire Games breathe life intovolunteering

4 August 2006

published by http://abc.net.au

The Bushfire Games have been revived in the south-west of Western Australia in an attempt to lift the dwindling ranks of the region’s volunteer fire fighting brigades.

The games will be held at the Bridgetown showgrounds in October and will test the skills of volunteers from around the region.

Coordinator Pam Hamence says the number of volunteers joining up has been falling for many years and most firefighters are older people.

Earlier this year Collie’s Volunteer Ambulance Service shut several times because of a lack of staff and emergency brigades around the region are struggling to sign up more members.

Ms Hamence hopes the games raise the profile of volunteer brigades in the south-west.

“We desperately need young ones and it’s not just for the bushfire brigades, it’s the SES and fire and rescue – even their volunteers are battling,” she said.

“All those groups, they’re all the same, they’re all battling to get people to join up these days.”


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