To me, being a firefighter in times like these means being available to the community in whatever way they need us.
Helping others gives me perspective on life. It reminds me how fortunate I am, and that everybody has a story.
In a small town you’re always on the front line. When the town was under fire threat, it didn’t matter if you were a paid firefighter, CFA volunteer or local; everyone worked together.
Being on the frontline during a bushfire, watching the earth burn, means that the effects of climate change are front of mind for me. It feels urgent.
There’s no better team bonding exercise than working to save someone whilst wearing full PPE!
We were firefighting in emergency conditions non-stop from August to February. Our community has been very generous; we’re working hard to put that generosity to best use.