The Rural Fire Service (RFS) is definitely a family affair in many Brigades. Neridene Goss from the Rouse Hill RFS Brigade started volunteering with the NSW Rural Fire Service in 2015.
“ I joined because I drove past the recruitment sign outside the Rural Fire Service District Fire Control on Annangrove Rd (Kenthurst) twice a day taking my son to and from school,” said Neridene. “I thought, that is something I want to do and I joined.”
Her daughter Alex, joined in 2019 after hearing great things from her mum. The 22-year-old has been part of strike force groups fighting the summer bushfires.
“She really loves it,” said Neridene. They both agree that volunteering together in the brigade has brought them “closer than ever.”
NSW RFS is the world’s largest volunteer fire service, made up of more than 70,000 dedicated volunteers right across NSW who are ready to respond to emergencies 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Volunteers attend a range of incidents from bush and grass fires to house and structure fires, road accidents and assist at other events like floods, storms and searches.
It’s an opportunity to learn a diverse set of skills and meet new people. To find out more visit www.rfs.nsw.gov.au/volunteer/join-the-nsw-rfs