After just one month of spring and summer still on the horizon, many areas of New South Wales have already had to deal with devastating fires and the NSW Rural Fire Service Association (RFSA) has taken the opportunity to pay tribute to the thousands of volunteer firefighters and their families who drop everything to keep communities safe when disaster strikes.
The RFSA Volunteers’ Family Days are an opportunity to thank RFS volunteers and their families for their ongoing efforts during times of emergency. These days also provide members with access to mental health support.
RFSA President, Brian McDonough, said the RFSA is committed to supporting volunteer firefighters and their families all year round.
‘The RFSA is dedicated to supporting our volunteer firefighters across the state. As demonstrated during the recent destructive fires, our volunteers act immediately to respond, taking time away from their jobs and families, to protect people and property,’ he said.
Families support their fire fighting members
‘Volunteers Family Days are also an opportunity to thank the families of our volunteers. The success and efforts of our volunteers would not be possible without family support and flexibility during tough times.’
‘Ironically, during our recent family day event in Tenterfield many volunteers were called away to tackle a significant fire that threatened properties just north of town. While their families enjoyed the jumping castle and face painting, we were able to deliver lunch and refreshments to the volunteers on the fire ground,’ he said.
Six family day events have been scheduled for 2019 and events have already taken place across NSW in Burcher, Nowra, Hillston, Inverell and Tenterfield. The next Volunteers’ Family Day will be held in Coonamble on 27 October 2019.
‘The past month has seen hundreds of our volunteer firefighters working to tackle fires right across the state, protecting the community as the number of homes threatened by the fires continues to rise.
‘These events help us check-in on our firefighters and their loved ones, to make sure they know they are supported. It is just one contribution towards thanking our firefighters for the tireless work they do to keep the community safe,’ said Mr McDonough.