Firies take to the streets to fill gaps in the roster
FIREFIGHTERS at Urunga will hit the streets today in a recruitment drive to fill gaps in their retained rosters.
In recent times, permanent Coffs Harbour-based firefighters have covered retained firefighter shifts at the local station.
NSW Fire and Rescue Inspector Tony Lenthall says the shortage of on-call retained firefighters has impacted on both the Coffs Harbour and Urunga fire station budgets.
"We understand there is only a small portion of potential retained firefighters living in Urunga," Inspt. Lenthall said.
"To reach those people our firefighters will be staging a door knock today in the town targetting in particular stay-at-home mums and dads and owners of small businesses who work from home.
"The campaign is part of our continual recruitment to fill the retained firefighter roster at the Urunga station
"This is a great opportunity for people to contribute to their local community.
Inspt. Lenthall said on average retained firefighters in the town respond to one call-out a week or an average of 50 call-outs a year.
"Ideally we need retained firefighters to be on call between the working hours of 9am and 3pm and retained firefighters.
The authorised strength at the Urunga Fire Station is 14 retained staff, yet there are currently 11 firefighters on-call.
Anyone interested in joining the ranks should call the Urunga Fire Station captain Greg Topple on 0418 296 495.