By Sally McGlew
WHILE six of this year’s WA Volunteer Service Awards recipients have volunteered for more than 50 years, two nominees from Glen Forrest have given their service for 69 years between them to the Glen Forrest Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade.
Nominated by the Glen Forrest Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade secretary Toni Strutt, Kevin Oxford and Dirk Griffiths are familiar faces at the local brigade headquarters.
Neither of them can say how many fires they have fought in total.
“To be honest I’ve lost count of how many fires I’ve fought in 36 years,” Mr Oxford said.
He’s also just returned from Geraldton after assisting the local SES there to repair damage caused from Cyclone Seroja.
Mr Oxford can remember his first fire.
“It was on the Glen Forrest reserve up the middle of the track, and when we went to fight it, four of us were new members.”
Both men were also part of the team who volunteered to fight the Wooroloo Bushfire in February.
“We worked in rostered shifts,” Mr Griffiths said.
After four and a half days firefighting Mr Griffiths then boarded a plane to go to his FIFO job in the north-west.
“I was tired,” he said.
Volunteering Minister Reece Whitby said that volunteers experience totals hundreds of years in emergency services.
“I congratulate the award recipients – and the thousands of other volunteers in Western Australia – for their incredible contributions.
“I also encourage other West Australians to consider volunteering – it will make a difference to your life as well as to others.”
Volunteers recognised for years of service