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Diamond shines for CFA
To celebrate National Volunteer Week (13-19 May), CFA is saying “thanks a million” to its volunteers, families and employers for everything they do. This week we will feature a series of profile stories to highlight the great work and diversity of our volunteer members.
“I always wanted to join CFA – it’s a great way to give back to the community.”
Glenn Diamond is one of many CFA members who dedicates hours of his time to help others – while solely running his own business.
The second lieutenant of Rye Fire Brigade, on the Mornington Peninsula, Glenn has been a member with CFA for 10 years.
The Rye brigade captain, Mark Boardman, nominated Glenn to be recognised during this year’s National Volunteer Week because of his ongoing commitment to CFA while running his renovation and restoration business, Diamond Building.
Other than a couple of chippies and an apprentice, Glenn solely runs the business and often closes it to attend fire calls.
He attends around 120 call-outs per year and on top of this, will often travel around the state as part of strike teams.
Recently, Glenn was sent to the Aberfeldy fire for a few days. He also travelled back and forth to Kinglake over a two week period during the February 2009 bushfires – an unforgettable memory in Glenn’s life.
“Being in Kinglake was a real eye opener for me,” Glenn said.
“It was very sad to see the destruction and devastation the fires caused not only the locals, but also the broader community.”
Glenn said for local call-outs, where he might miss an hour or two of work, he can usually catch up on lost time but sometimes incidents run for hours, days, or even weeks which forces him to close up shop.
However, despite the loss of business and money, Glenn loves what he does for CFA and the community.
“I had never given anything back to the community until I joined CFA so I enjoy going out and helping other people,” he said.
“Firefighting also gives you a unique set of skills which you keep forever.”
- Story by Amy Schildberger