Seymour Fire Brigade is on the lookout for new members to join its ranks. Among the current firefighters at the station are, from left, Tony Gooden, Lieutenant Daryn Cox, Gavin Waite, and Lieutenant Kylie Comte.

By Colin MacGillivray

SEYMOUR Fire Brigade is on the lookout for new members as it seeks to fill roles across the organisation.

Country Fire Authority, CFA, First Lieutenant Daryn Cox said the brigade was undertaking a concerted drive to find new members, whether in support roles or as active firefighters.

“There’s no set number of people we’re looking to recruit,” he said.

“We’ll run a recruitment campaign over the next month or so, with an information session in March.

“For people in non-operational roles there are admin duties, fire and emergency-management roles, fire extinguisher servicing, truck checks, maintenance, secretary roles – there are a lot of different roles that can be filled.”

Lt Cox said there would also be a focus on finding active firefighters who were available during the day.

“Most of us work [9am to 5pm], Monday to Friday. There are some shift workers but they’re not always available,” he said.

“We’re trying to fill that daytime gap where we lack members.”

The brigade is also searching for junior members who will progress through the ranks to become senior firefighters.

Lt Cox said joining the CFA was a great way to make social connections and learn new skills.

“The new recruits will not only be helping the community, but they’ll gain nationally recognised qualifications, make new friends and gain new experiences,” he said.

The brigade currently has 45 members, 30 of whom are operational firefighters.

Lt Cox said the brigade would host an information session in late March for all prospective new members.

He said people who were interested were welcome to attend the station on Gordon Crescent, Seymour on Sunday mornings when most members were present.

People can also email fbseym@cfa.vic.gov.au with ‘recruitment’ in the subject line for more information.

Senior members meet on the first Tuesday of every month and train on the third Tuesday, while junior members meet on Wednesday nights at 5.30pm.