Rural Fire Service volunteers prepare to depart for their second tour of duty at the Victorian fires. Pictured from left in front of the Clarence Valley Fire Control Centre in Ulmarra are, Neil Thompson of Lawrence, Josh Carr, Brendan Carr and Nick Clark of Gulmarrad and Scott Campbell of Lawrence. Photo Terry Deefholts / The Daily Examiner
Rural Fire Service volunteers prepare to depart for their second tour of duty at the Victorian fires. Pictured from left in front of the Clarence Valley Fire Control Centre in Ulmarra are, Neil Thompson of Lawrence, Josh Carr, Brendan Carr and Nick Clark of Gulmarrad and Scott Campbell of Lawrence. Photo Terry Deefholts / The Daily Examiner Terry Deefholts

Volunteer network spreads wide

VOLUNTEERING is a network that extends far beyond the individual.

It's the crews who work together for the greater good.

It's the community that supports the hard work of the people who give up their time.

And it's the bosses who let their staff off work to attend incidents upon demand.

Nick Clark is one of those bosses. Mr Clark is the managing director of Home Timber and Hardware, which has stores in Maclean, Yamba and Townsend.

He is also a volunteer with the Gulmarrad Rural Fire Brigade. Five of his staff members are volunteers with the Rural Fire Service and one is a member of NSW Fire and Rescue.

He's more than happy to give them time off work to attend call-outs.

"We as individual volunteers make one part of the structure," Mr Clark said.

"And the community we live in makes volunteering work."

Mr Clark said staff members were happy to cover for each other if a colleague was called out to an emergency.

"They're the type of people who understand that it could be somebody they know that needs help," he said.

"The customers know we're involved with volunteering, if there's an incident and we're lower on staff, they're patient and understanding."

Be sure to pick up tomorrow's Daily Examiner for more profiles on our volunteers.

INTERNATIONAL VOLUNTEER DAY

  • Is celebrated each year on December 5.
  • Established by the United Nations General Assembly in 1985.
  • Celebrated worldwide.
  • More than six million Australians volunteer their time.


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