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  • Writer's pictureDave Layzell MP


Merriwa residents are being encouraged to attend an upcoming public meeting to discuss opportunities to join the town’s Fire and Rescue NSW brigade.

Member for Upper Hunter Dave Layzell is working with Fire and Rescue to organise the recruitment session being held at Merriwa RSL Club on Tuesday 26 April between 5pm and 7pm.

“On-call firefighters are needed by the Merriwa brigade with the meeting to explain the requirements of the role and allow prospective recruits to talk with Fire and Rescue about what will be required.”
“I want to thank Fire and Rescue for coming to Merriwa to discuss strengthening the ranks of the local brigade.”

On-call firefighters respond either from home or work to the local fire station when there is an emergency.

It provides personnel with an opportunity to use specialised vehicles and equipment to prevent and reduce the risk of fire and the potential loss of life and property.

Brigade members will also work closely with their community to raise fire safety awareness and promote fire prevention.

Fire and Rescue employs women and men with applications to join assessed on merit and physical aptitude.

Firefighting can be physically, mentally and emotionally demanding with Fire and Rescue providing assistance to support the health, safety and wellbeing of its personnel.

“Whilst the meeting at Merriwa is about helping recruitment for the local brigade, I do encourage people across the Upper Hunter Electorate interested in becoming an on-call firefighter to check what other opportunities are currently available,” Mr Layzell said.

For more information visit the Fire and Rescue NSW website:


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