As part of my #blog30 chalenge I want to get back into participating more in some of my favourite bloghops. So .. the first one for the week is Thankful Thursday with Kate Says Stuff. I love this bloghop as I think it is really easy to get overwhelmed with our challenges and the day-to-day and to forget the many good things and people in our lives.
Today I want to dedicate my first Thankful … to the men and women of the Rural Fire Service. The hardworking volunteers (and tirelessly paid staff) that protect our communities not just from fire but also from a range of emergencies … and spend unknown number of hours training and preparing for the worst.
I grew up in the Blue Mountains … up there you are either in the Rural Fire Service (or ‘back in my day’ it was the bushfire brigades’), married to someone, related to someone … or at least friends with someone. The Rural Fire Service is central to the community and when you understand the threat up there … it does make sense. Each summer residents wonder… is this the big year … will my home be under threat from a bushfire or other emergency. And it is the work of the Rural Fire Service all year round that works so that the answer to that quesiton is no … or at least as few as humanly possible.
But have YOU ever consider joining … believe it or not but there are many roles that people can play and not all of them involve holding a hose. I spent most of my teenage years and twenties involved with the RFS in the Communications Unit. It was an amazing experience and the only reason why I am not still an active member is due to family commitments. Something worth considering if you are interested in getting more involved with your community, meeting interesting people and learning lots of new skills.