In the same way Western Australia benefits from having various emergency services, our community is extremely fortunate to have diversity within its largest – the Volunteer Bush Fire Service.
Of course, when walls of fire threaten lives and property, it doesn’t matter what colour your truck is or whether you are female or male because we all have the same goal.
But in today’s politically correct world where fear and confusion about what might upset someone causes many to err on the side of caution and try to avoid differentiation at all cost, we want to recognise and celebrate the value of diversity. We sometimes get criticism when we proudly acknowledge the unique skills and knowledge of our members. In the context of today’s celebration of women, their differences to others and importantly, women’s absolutely integral part of what is necessary for life as we know it, it is somewhat bewildering that we don’t also celebrate the diversity in emergency services WA enjoys.
Women and men are typically not the same. Generally as genders, they both have strengths and weaknesses – or another way of saying that is areas of particular expertise. And when catastrophe strikes, it takes everyone to come together, each with their unique skill set and irrespective of gender, to rebuild and grow.
Thank goodness for diversity in Western Australia’s emergency services. Thank goodness for the various unique skills each stream of diversity brings. Happy International Women’s Day – let’s celebrate and support the differences that make us all stronger in the long run.
The Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (AVBFB) recognises and appreciates the invaluable time, skills and knowledge our 26,000 diverse bush fire volunteers give to have our backs 24/7.
And today 8 March 2019, we especial honour the women in our amazing service and importantly, those who support our volunteers who prepare, protect and rebuild our communities from the devastation of fire and other deadly emergencies.