Different roles for different people
Our members represent a broad cross-section of the community in terms of age and occupation. About one-quarter of the brigade’s firefighters are women. Roles other than active firefighting are also available. A Brigade Management Team is responsible for running the brigade.
Some of our members, 2009
Operational: The brigade is led by a Captain, who is assisted by five Lieutenants. About 40 fully trained volunteer firefighters (both men and women) respond to fires and incidents. Operational members are alerted to fire calls by pagers and sirens triggered from a dispatch centre that operates 24-hours a day.
Non-operational: Brigade members also perform a variety of non-firefighting roles and responsibilities. These include station management, community education, school and community group visits, fundraising, maintenance and administrative tasks.
Auxiliary members: The brigade auxiliary caters to a range of events run by the brigade.
Junior Fire Brigade: Since 1971, Sassafras-Ferny Creek has operated a Junior Brigade, which offers training for young people aged between 11 and 16 years interested in the fire service. Junior members undertake a supervised training program focused on building firefighting skills and understandings.