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121 vols to celebrate at Werribee
In honour of National Volunteer Week we are taking a look at some of our outstanding members and brigades.
Werribee boasts 121 members including Firefighters, brigade support members (auxiliary) and juniors.
The members down at Werribee attend around 900 incidents per year and currently have the highest number of female volunteer firefighters in the state.
Werribee volunteer Michael Wells, who also doubles as an Ambulance Officer, has been the Captain brigade for almost 7 years. Michael said the brigade operates as one big family.
“We’re a very busy brigade and work hard to support our local brigades as well as external agencies such as MFB, Ambulance Victoria and Police,” he said.
As well as the obvious firefighting capability, Werribee also has Road Accident Rescue (RAR) capability. This has made them an integral service for incidents in the area. The brigade also has members who educate others the RAR skills.
“A few of our volunteers join forces with the Road & Rescue Association to educate brigades around Victoria,” said Michael.
“As the areas has become more urbanised, we have become much more than a country brigade.
“Road Accident Rescue allows us to better serve our community and assist other agencies.
“A few of the volunteers have also been able to compete in interstate and overseas rescue competitions.”
The Werribee Fire Brigade are a diverse group with many emergency services workers in their ranks. With all the skills the volunteers have learnt down at Werribee they have had a number of members transfer into career firefighting.
“Around 20 of our members have gone onto work as firefighters,” said Michael.
“We are really proud of those who find a career doing what they love which allows them to give back to the community.”
The brigade is also incredibly proud of their junior program. Recently Werribee juniors were treated to an annual dinner of their own. Michael said it was a great night enjoyed by all.
“Over 100 people came along. Juniors invited their siblings, parents and friends to celebrate their achievements,” he said.
“We also had permission to take the heavy pumper offline, so the juniors could display their skills.”
Werribee is just one of our wonderful brigades that work tirelessly for their local communities. Over 1,220 brigades protect and provide comfort to residents all across Victoria.