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All in a day's work
A new radio chat show has interviewed CFA firefighters from the Yarra Valley.
Eleven of District 13's brigades in Victoria’s Yarra Valley are recruiting volunteer daytime responders. As part of their recruitment campaign, every Friday for the next eight weeks, a CFA daytime responder or member of the public who has been helped by CFA during the day, will be interviewed on local radio station Yarra Valley 99.1FM between noon and 1pm on a new slot called ‘All in a Day’s Work’ with host Loretta de Vaus.
Every week, the latest radio interviews will be posted here.
Friday 15 January: A fantastic interview with volunteer daytime responder Andrew Smith, who turns out for Yarra Glen brigade during the day (near his work) and Hillcrest brigade in the evenings (near his home).
Andrew chats with Loretta about how he juggles being a volunteer daytime responder with working as a vineyard manager and being married with four children.
He has been a volunteer with CFA for almost 22 years, with a few breaks along the way.
Friday 22 January: When Paul Davies was interviewed on Yarra Valley FM. Paul was involved in a serious car accident in May last year in his home town of Yellingbo and his local CFA Brigade were first on the scene to assist him.
CFA secured the tree he had hit and cut him out of his vehicle before he was airlifted to hospital in Melbourne. Hear the interview with Paul and CFA volunteer Brett Kerford who was in charge of the crash scene that day.
Friday 29 January: When 16 yr old Lil Pagels and 14 yr old John Landells from Hoddles Creek Junior CFA Brigade were interviewed on Yarra Valley FM. Lil and John discuss why they initially joined Juniors, what they get up to, what they get out of it and how they get to use skills they’ve learnt at Juniors, in their everyday life.
Friday 5 February: Hear the interview from Friday 5 February, when Paul Spinks Captain of Yellingbo CFA and Jo Hardy, female fire fighter and firetruck driver were interviewed on Yarra Valley FM. Paul and Jo discuss why their brigade is so effective, and how they manage to juggle running their own business and having school aged children with volunteering as firefighters during the day. Hear the interview with Paul and Jo and find out if there’s something in it for you.
Hear the interview from Friday 12 February, when Phil Sexton (owner of Innocent Bystander) and Matt Sartori Captain of Gruyere CFA brigade were interviewed on Yarra Valley FM. Phil discusses how much he learned after Black Saturday about the importance of working closely with CFA and having fire plans for his family and staff and Matt talks about life as a captain in a small rural community. Hear the interview with Phil and Matt and find out if there’s something in it for you?
On Friday 19 February two female captains from District 13 were interviewed on Yarra Valley FM. Hazel discusses how she juggles family life with lecturing at Melbourne Uni and running a B&B business, and Fiona works full time for CFA yet still manages to captain her brigade. Hear the interview with Hazel and Fiona and find out if there’s something in it for you?
On Friday 26 February, Yellingbo Captain Paul Spinks and firefighter David Bale were interviewed on Yarra Valley FM about being recently deployed to Tasmania to help fight the Wuthering Heights fire. They also discuss Yellingbo CFA’s Rehab Unit which assists firefighters’ wellbeing on the fire-ground. Hear the interview with Paul and David and find out if there’s something in it for you.