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27 June, 2021

Thank you first responders

“We always seem to see first responders when things are the worst,” said Graham Bunyan, operations support officer at the Gilgandra Rural Fire Brigade.

By Emily Middleton

May 9 marked International Thank a First Responder Day, and The Gilgandra Weekly’s journalist Emily Middleton wanted to bring to light the hard work and dedication it takes to run the Rural Fire Brigade.

Staffed mainly by volunteers, the brigade could not run without their team of dedicated workers, who thrive off helping the community.

Volunteer of six years and recently appointed deputy captain, Kim Roach, says she is proud to be part of the team, and that she “loves helping the community and helping others.”

The Gilgandra brigade team were recently rewarded for their commitment to the RFS, taking out best performing crew at the north eastern and north western RFS annual field exercise in Glen Innes.

Helping the community isn’t the only reason that keeps the volunteers coming back.

Mr Bunyan reflected on his time as a volunteer, saying it was also a way of belonging.

“Brigades have different cultures, and the volunteers in a town like this are looking to get something else out of it. Either contributing towards the town, or to get something back in the way of some sort of companionship, expand their friendship base, things like that.”

Without the incredible effort and dedication from all volunteers, past and present, the Gilgandra Rural Fire Brigade would not be able to run.


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