TFS junior program a hit

GET INVOLVED: The Tasmania Fire Service offers opportunities for young people to help their community through the junior and cadet program. Photo: Supplied.

GET INVOLVED: The Tasmania Fire Service offers opportunities for young people to help their community through the junior and cadet program. Photo: Supplied.

With more than 5000 volunteers signed up to its ranks, Tasmania Fire Service (TFS) is the largest volunteer organisation in the state.

With the diversity of these volunteering roles increasing, the TFS isencouraging those with diverse skills and experience to join a brigade today.

"While the community's focus is often on the frontline, the roles available extend to much more than firefighting," volunteer sustainability and strategy coordinator, Kylie Kapeller said.

"The volunteering roles that are available behind the scenes that are equally important in managing incidents and brigades, and the commitment of those in support roles is incredibly valuable to our organisation.

"Operational support volunteers often work behind the scenes to keep the stations running," she said.

"They can be responsible for recruitment, administration, brigade finance and maintenance."

Creating brigades that have a sustainable future is an important part of managing a brigade.

This is where junior and cadet programs become invaluable to the community, by allowing children and teenagers to be actively involved in fire training and activities.

"Junior and cadet programs focus on age-appropriate training that highlight fire awareness and safety," Kylie said.

"They develop young people in the areas of communication, teamwork, and problem solving in a fun and engaging environment."

A recent concept in the TFS is the addition of community engagement volunteers to conduct activities in local communities.

"Community engagement volunteers play a key role in supporting communities in their knowledge of and preparation for fire," Kylie said.

"The work they do helps to build the resilience of their own communities, to allow them to better respond to, and recover from bushfires, and promote a shared responsibility for bushfire and home fire safety risks.

For those who prefer to branch out beyond a local brigade, regional support roles are also available.

Volunteers in these regional support roles are primarily involved in supporting incident management teams in areas such as logistics, finance, planning and fire ground support.

"Each and every volunteer - whether at the frontline or behind the scenes, plays a valuable role in keeping the Tasmanian community safe," Kylie said.

Anyone interested in volunteering for one or more of the many diverse roles Tasmania Fire Service has to offer, or would simply like more information about the service should visit www.fire.tas.gov.au or contact their local brigade.

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