Your chance to be a firefighter
By CRAIG McTEAR
TEAMWORK, commitment, and the will to have a go they're the hallmarks of a good retained firefighter, according to Tracey Conry.
She's been one for two-and-a-half years now and says she finds it an extremely satisfying job.
So much so she's part of a NSW Fire Brigades push for more retained firefighters. The campaign was launched in Coffs Harbour yesterday.
Tracey has been here for just over a year, but she first joined the service in the Blue Mountains because she felt the time was right.
"I thought I could put something back into the community," Tracey said.
"I lived in the mountains where the urban environment and bushland met. I was involved in housing protection in the bushfire season.
"You're doing something productive, and with the crews you get a tight-knit group."
When she's not fighting fires, Tracey is flying helicopters for a local firm.
Superintendent Michael Guymer said NSW Fire Brigades recruitment in country areas had been challenging for several years.
"It's harder and harder for local people to dedicate their time," he said.
"What we're looking at is recruiting young people. Our advertising campaign is appealing to young people to look to a career with NSW Fire Brigades.
"We want people to think about maybe a part-time career in the fire service. It's not just about here in Coffs Harbour, we're looking at recruiting all the way up and down the coast."