The life of a volunteer firefighter


volunteer firefighter

The image above was sent out on Twitter by @vwsfires,  (Volunteer Wildfire Services)  a not for profit fully volunteer company combating wildfires in the Western Cape of South Africa.

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Author: Bill Gabbert

After working full time in wildland fire for 33 years, he continues to learn, and strives to be a Student of Fire.

One thought on “The life of a volunteer firefighter”

  1. Most of the Aussie firefighters are also Volunteers who have full-time jobs outside the Fire Service, but when the bushfire season hits, they have to drop everything for days on end sometimes to staff their “tankers”. Like the Volunteer service here in the US, the Aussie numbers are driopping, the workforce is aging, and more rural folks are away all day at jobs “in town” leaving the number of responders reduced. No easy solutions, here or DownUnda.


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