Rural Fire Service volunteers may be the first on the scene to a fire, but they are also often called to medical emergencies, rescues and road accidents. The Bawley Point brigade proved this in the early hours of Saturday morning when they were called to help paramedics with an elderly lady who had fallen and broken her leg.
The lady had taken hours to crawl to the phone and call for help, Bawley Point RFS captain Charlie Magnuson said.
“We were called at about 3.15am on Saturday to assist paramedics with an elderly lady,” he explained.
“They called us to help treat her and get her to the ambulance.”
Going above and beyond their duties, volunteers from the brigade returned to the lady’s home soon after she was taken in the ambulance to make sure her dog was fed, walked and watered.
“The poor lady lived by herself and had a little dog. We went back at 6.30am to make sure the dog was fed and walked around,” Mr Magnuson said.
If that wasn’t enough community spirit for one day, the team then headed to work on laying the Community Connect pathway, which aims to connect Bawley Point and Kioloa.
“We have had a lot of quiet times this summer without the big bush fires so we have decided to get in and lay the footpath for the community,” Mr Magnuson said.
“I am very proud of my brigade, they put themselves at risk every time they go out. You can get seriously injured or killed.”
Mr Magnuson said the service was often the first responders to incidents in the small community.
“We do answer a lot of those sort of calls. We go to less bushfires than we do search and rescues, accidents and medical assists,” he said.
“All the fire brigades do it. A lot of the time we are out late at night or very early in the morning.
“It is a little community and you try and look after each other and that is what we are hear for.”