Volunteer firefighters are called to fight a fire in Kroombit Tops.
Volunteer firefighters are called to fight a fire in Kroombit Tops. Christopher Chan GLAFIRE

Residents asked to step up and join rural fire service

PORT Curtis and Gladstone residents are being called on to support their community and join their local fire brigade.

Acting brigade training and support officer Mark Schulz said Port Curtis Rural Fire Brigade Group's members would be at the Calliope markets on Sunday to talk to potential recruits.

"If you think the Rural Fire Service Queensland is only about fighting fires, think again," Mr Schulz said.

"The service needs people from all walks of life with a range of skills to keep brigades running.

"There is a general perception the main task of rural volunteers is fighting fires, but there is much more to the role.

"We have volunteers actively involved in community education, fundraising, administration, incident management, communication and catering."

Positions range from operational roles, including firefighter, first officer and brigade officer, through to non-operational roles, including chairperson, secretary and volunteer community educator.

Mr Schulz said in addition to responding to fires, brigades also undertook a range of planning and preparation activities throughout the year to prepare communities for the fire season. 

"Brigades conduct hazard reduction burns to reduce excess vegetation and minimise the potential for bushfires to burn out of control," he said.

RFSQ volunteers can also be deployed across the state to assist during fires, floods and storms, as well as community recovery.

Mr Schulz said joining the RFSQ was a great way to get involved in the community and offered fantastic opportunities for self development.

To find out more about becoming a volunteer visit www.ruralfire.qld.gov.au or contact your local area office. Members need to be at least 16 years of age.