Family makes up half of the Kemp Creeks’ brigade. New active members are needed so it’s not understaffed every time there’s a family gathering.
Liverpool Leader reported that Kemps Creek brigade is almost a one big happy family. Of the 11 active volunteers at the station, six are relatives of David Edwards, who joined the brigade in 1988.
There’s his son Brian, daughter Jo-Anne and Brian’s wife Karen. They have been joined in recent years by David’s wife Deirdre. Now Karen’s father Tony Ayoub has submitted his application to volunteer.
“We are looking for new, active members,” Karen said. “When we have family gatherings it does leave the station a little short.”
The dedicated team certainly has an incredible amount on its plate.
It will respond to house fires, bushfires, car accidents, interstate disasters and carry out strategic burn-offs.
To help out, there will be a fundraising barbecue at the Wylde mountain bike park nearby in Cecil Park this Sunday from 7am to 2pm.
The event is being held to help cover the cost of upgrading equipment at the base.
The group has a wishlist of $30,000 worth of upgrades and equipment.
The brigade is supported by two local businesses but more is needed as the busy summer months approach.
“Some weeks we may have no calls, at other times we might have two or three call-outs a week or more,” Brian said.
The station operates on an around-the-clock pager system, where members get notified when an incident is unfolding in their area.
“If you’re at work and can’t go, then you don’t go,” Brian said. “It’s a good system but we could sure use more people.”