FIRE and Rescue NSW are on the search for recruits to join the service on a part-time basis at its Boggabri station.
Both men and women are being encouraged to “take the challenge” and join the stations team of firefighters.
Fire and Rescue NSW zone commander Tom Cooper said their are plenty of benefits to becoming a firefighter.
“There is a number of new skills that you can learn during training that are applicable to your everyday life,” Mr Cooper said.
“During training you will be taught a number of skills such as first aid and defibrillator use which can come in handy in everyday life in lots of ways.
“Training is quite flexible as well, there is the option of eight days training in Sydney or two four day blocks of training in Armidale for those who can’t get away for a whole week at one time.”
Mr Cooper said becoming a volunteer firefighter gives people a chance to be “part of a team.”
“It is a great way to give back to your community,” he said.
“As well as that its peace of mind knowing someone is on the job and its developing new skills all while being paid for your time.”
The zone commander encouraged people from all walks of life to “challenge themselves” by becoming firefighters.
“We are all just ordinary people who, trade their regular everyday work clothes whatever they may be for a firefighters uniform,” he said.
“The facilities at our Boggabri station are great and can accommodate both men and women, so we are encouraging both men and women to give it a go and join up.”
Other stations in the region recruiting part-time firefighters include Bingara, Barraba, Wee Waa, Werris Creek and Walcha.
Fore information regarding recruitment visit www.fire.nsw.gov.au