“They just turn up and squirt water on the fire then go home, right?”
For those of us who truly know the extent of the invaluable work WA’s 26,000 bush fire volunteers do for our community, that question is sadly very, very ill-informed.
As some of the ever-dedicated Stoneville Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade members show in the Facebook post below, while some of us were shopping or enjoying time with our families today, volunteers all around the state were preparing for, reducing the risk of and responding to all sorts of emergencies – including checking tanks in areas that don’t have the luxury of an endless supply of water from the metropolitan water supply.
Of course response is critical, but far out, the reason it would cost the government billions to replace our invaluable volunteers is the enormous amount of time they give to training, hazard reduction, cleaning, maintaining and a whole bunch of important work that happens well outside the view of cameras and journalists.
Thank you to everyone who gives so much of your time and expertise and for the rest of us, let’s take a moment to reflect of just how much value they and their supportive families donate to the safety and survival of our great State of WA.