Sancrox/Thrumster Rural Fire Brigade appreciates strong community support

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Dedicated volunteers: Sancrox/Thrumster Rural Fire Brigade members Ben Stevenson, Peter Newell, Sarah Laidlaw, Allen Ryan, Emma Birrer, Isaac Lee, Liam Birrer, Anthony Nyberg and Harrison Nyberg appreciate the community support.

Dedicated volunteers: Sancrox/Thrumster Rural Fire Brigade members Ben Stevenson, Peter Newell, Sarah Laidlaw, Allen Ryan, Emma Birrer, Isaac Lee, Liam Birrer, Anthony Nyberg and Harrison Nyberg appreciate the community support.

Community support amid the bushfire emergency has heartened the Sancrox/Thrumster Rural Fire Brigade.

Brigade members have twice opened the station after being inundated with messages about donations and people wishing to join the brigade.

About 25 people were keen to become volunteer firefighters when they attended the first session.

Community members brought donations too with scores of people following suit during the second session on Monday, November 11.

Sancrox/Thrumster Rural Fire Brigade deputy captain James Turner said the community support was heartwarming.

"The community is coming out of the woodwork fast and hard which is great," he said.

Keen to help: Vladimir Kolganov fills out the recruitment paperwork as a step towards becoming a volunteer firefighter.

Keen to help: Vladimir Kolganov fills out the recruitment paperwork as a step towards becoming a volunteer firefighter.

The brigade plans to pass on some of the excess donations to the western brigades such as Huntingdon, Long Flat and Beechwood.

Port Macquarie's Vladimir Kolganov was among the people to fill in the recruitment paperwork.

"I came from Russia, I have a military background and now I feel that I want to do something for my new motherland," he said.

Mr Kolganov said he wanted to be an active citizen.

"In Russia, we have the same issues with bushfires and I understand how it's hard for people to lose everything," he said.

The former Rural Fire Service member in Tamworth hopes to rejoin here to be part of the Sancrox/Thrumster Rural Fire Brigade.

The potential new volunteers can't fight the fires just yet.

Mr Turner said paperwork and training needed to be done before any new recruits could get on the fire ground.

Sancrox/Thrumster Rural Fire Brigade president Gwenda van-der-Ley and captain Mathew van-der-Ley are on hand to answer questions.

Sancrox/Thrumster Rural Fire Brigade president Gwenda van-der-Ley and captain Mathew van-der-Ley are on hand to answer questions.

He said people needed to remember the fire season was only just beginning, and when their training was completed, the new recruits would be greatly appreciated in the brigade.

Mr Turner said the crew had been going backwards and forwards day and night on rotating shifts for almost three weeks during the fires.

"We only have a limited number of volunteers and we are all putting in massive hours," he said.

"A lot of us have taken weeks and weeks off work, so the more volunteers we have, the better the load can be shared."

Mr Turner's advice to people amid the extreme fire conditions is to adhere to the warnings.

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