Many volunteers will tell you that the Army of 70,000 Volunteers can’t be right, yet the RFS Commissioner continues to make those claims.
Many have stated that if it was an accurate figure then why do we need to import interstate firefighters so frequently? One would think that an Army of 70,000 would be sufficient.
Sure, there may be 70,000+ on the books but ask any NSW RFS Brigade how many active firefighters or even active members they have compared to the numbers of people on the books then you might begin to realise the enormity of this allusionary figure.
Some people suggest that the 70,000 is simply a way of justifying an ever increasing budget (food for thought)
One RFS volunteer sent us this video of a recruitment sign.
Whilst we congratulate all Brigades who are working hard to maintain there numbers, it is also interesting to consider what the future holds for our Volunteers, especially in more remote areas where rural decline is an ever increasing problem.
What are your thoughts?
Are we off the mark?
Have your say in the comments below.