Reformed RFSA to assist Yass Valley brigades

RFSA REFORMED: President of RFSA Ken Middleton (third from right) with other members of the RFSA at the most recent meeting. Photo: Supplied
RFSA REFORMED: President of RFSA Ken Middleton (third from right) with other members of the RFSA at the most recent meeting. Photo: Supplied

Yass Valley has reformed its branch of the NSW Rural Fire Service Association (RFSA). Speaking after the recent Yass Valley RFSA meeting, chairman John Powell from Manton RFS Brigade said that the RFSA represent matters that may affect members in communities.

As well, the RFSA is to provide funding and other support for RFS volunteers, additional to the equipment they receive from the NSW RFS.

“Support from the RFSA includes grants to RFS Brigades to make volunteers’ work safer and easier, as well as discounts for individual volunteers on their everyday purchases,” Mr Powell said.

“There is also a scholarship fund to assist volunteers wishing to undertake tertiary study relevant to bushfire fighting and volunteer training. These are just a few of the support programmes offered by the association.”

Mr Powell encouraged RFS volunteers in the 21 Yass Valley Brigades to join the RFSA. “Membership is free and you get access to useful benefits, not only for yourself, but also for your brigade,” he said.

RFSA membership application forms are available from the Yass Fire Control Centre or at RFSA.org.au. Members of the Yass Valley RFSA include Richard Alley from Murrumbateman Brigade, Luke Amor from Wallaroo Brigade, and Craig Cartwright from Sutton Brigade.