New South Wales communities are struggling to attract volunteer firefighters
ahead of what is expected to be a serious fire season.
Some of the issues facing fire
brigades in the central west, north west and far west of the state are:
drought, changing demographics, new fire-fighting technology, and a lack of new
For many rural communities, a fire
brigade is the only emergency response team in the area, with a reliance on
Among those facing a recruit shortage
is the Cumnock Rural Fire Brigade in central west NSW.
Cumnock Group Captain Justin Barr
said he was concerned about the trend.
"A lot of the captains and group
captains of the area are getting around the 70-year-old mark," Mr Barr
"In another 10 years they're not
going to be doing it.
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(ABC NEWS: 19/10/18)