Top brass: Shane Fitzsimmons arrives at the conference.
Top brass: Shane Fitzsimmons arrives at the conference. Trevor Veale

Sex, bunnies and the fires

WITH topics like How To Improve Your Love Life and How to Maintain Your Energy Like A Duracell Bunny, a firefighter conference in Coffs Harbour is guaranteed to keep delegates awake.

Novotel Pacific Bay Resort is hosting the annual Rural Fire Service regional conference until tomorrow and it’s attracted more than 70 staff to our city.

RFS Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons headlined the speakers yesterday while today’s special guest is motivational speaker Alison Braun from The Biggest Loser fame.

Mr Fitzsimmons said these conferences provided a real benefit in bringing staff together and focusing on firefighting and hazard reduction burns along with strategic, corporate and business planning.

He deflected State Opposition criticism about the length of the conference and the fact only staff had been invited by saying the conference was condensed into two days and information would filter through to the volunteer firefighters.

He maintained regular volunteer conferences were also held.

“Volunteers drive our organisation and they are at the leading edge of what we do,” Mr Fitzsimmons said.

“It’s what drives government at all levels to fund the Rural Fire Service to make sure our volunteers can do their job.”



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