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Faces of CFA: Luke Ellis
What binds CFA members is the common goal to protect lives and property, but you’re a diverse bunch. Every member has a story and Faces of CFA introduces you to just some of those stories.
Luke Ellis, Wendouree Fire Brigade
What is your brigade role?
Why did you join CFA?
I’d moved to Ballarat a few years before and didn’t feel very connected to the community. I decided that someone of my age and ability had a lot to offer so why not challenge myself?
Initially I joined as a brigade member only interested in doing support work, but that really only meant taking meeting minutes every month. That wasn’t enough.
During these meetings, it was apparent that the brigade struggled to get people to calls at various times of day but especially very early in the morning, so I decided that I could step up and become a firefighter.
I haven’t regretted that decision one bit, and now that I have my structural gear I’m looking forward to getting my BA training and progressing further.
What do you do for a living outside of CFA?
I’m a secondary school multimedia teacher at Loreto College, an all-girls Catholic school not far from the station.
How long have you been a member of CFA?
Almost two years.
What incident has had the greatest positive impact on you and why?
None in particular come to mind, but it’s good to assist people in need when they’re not able to help themselves.
What are your hobbies?
I love playing online multiplayer games in my spare time as well as growing food and general gardening.
What is your favourite thing about CFA?
I enjoy the camaraderie that comes with being with the other firefighters, and getting to know the varied backgrounds of everyone in my brigade; support staff as well as fellow firefighters.
What would you say to someone thinking of joining CFA?
While it won't be an instantaneous process, the waiting will be worth it. It takes a while to get to know everyone so, once you've done minimum skills, try to attend as many incidents as you can. It's the best way to get to know your fellow firefighters.