The last month has been routine, with very few call outs. This does not mean the Brigade has been idle as training; planning and station improvements are all keeping us busy.
By the time this is published, we would have held our AGM, a meeting that sees all our Leadership positions declared vacant and potentially new members being appointed to these important positions.
This year I have thought the Brigade is not only about what we do but also about the great bunch of people that make things happen. To this end, a few firefighters agreed to write about their journey into the CFS. Tom and Craig’s articles have been previously published and below is
“I joined CFS during a time in my life where I was about to face a severe threat at work. I thought that giving back to the community would give me a sense of belonging in spite of what happens to my career. I had friends already in Cherry Gardens CFS and I asked if I could come along and see what it was like. Before I knew it, I was operating hoses and learning about pumps all on my first day. I was included as if I had been there for months.
A year later, wow, what an experience. I underestimated the roles of CFS and just how much CFS ended up contributing to my wellbeing. Coming from a career of high judgment to the CFS who has no judgment was strange to me. I felt a sense of belonging despite inexperience and being one of a few girls in a male dominated area. Never did anyone say, no you cannot do that, it is more like, come and have a go. They had more faith in me than myself. For example, I was nominated to get my chainsaw license. I was nervous and questioned if they were sure I was suitable. My trainer said “I believe you are suitable and you can do this, but if you don’t want to, no problem.” There is never any pressure. Consequently, I did it and achieved more than I thought I could.
This is just one of the many positive experiences I have had. There is no limit to CFS, age or otherwise. You choose your limit. I admit it is challenging physically, I am 47 years old and have a fitness background and yes, it can be tough and dangerous, but that is what creates energy. You know, that energized feeling after a walk or a workout. My favorite part of CFS is the diverse multidiscipline dynamics of the members. The diversity in careers and experience is what makes even more interesting than the training.
The feeling of being valued and the loyalty created in CFS cannot be replicated in paid employment. There is something special about it. I wish I joined earlier. For anyone who is struggling, please seek the courage to join a volunteer group, it will give you back meaning in your life”.
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