The 2019 summer bushfires that tore through the township of Lithgow just before Christmas, destroyed almost everything in its path.
People lost houses, inhaled months of bushfire smoke and our wildlife was in harms way.
The community as it always does, rallied together to support those in need and it's safe to say we wouldn't have survived if it wasn't for our firefighters.
Lithgow Fire and Rescue NSW (FRNSW) are currently recruiting with two positions open and urge people to apply after the catastrophic 'Black Summer' experienced by many.
"Everyone saw what the bushfires did last year..." Lithgow FRNSW deputy captain Jonathan Brown said.
"We got a lot of help from everyone then and this [becoming a firefighter] is a good way to help and give back to your community," he said.
The positions require mostly daytime availability but Mr Brown said there was a need to be available on call.
"It's a great part-time job to have. You get paid and have annual and sick leave," he said.
He said training was provided including a truck licence, and recruitments would learn a range of useful skills.
"They get trained on hydraulic tools, power tools, working with heights, Hazmat, rescue, general firefighting and abseiling," he said.
Mr Brown said the positions were open to anyone and they could apply online through the Fire and Rescue NSW website or drop into the station and speak with the manager or himself.
"Anyone can apply - male of female, old or young, come and give it a go," he said.
He said if successful, applicants go to an interview followed by a physical test and a criminal check.
"If you're accepted you'll receive a letter of offer and go away for four days for your first initial training," he said.
Mr Brown said working with at the Lithgow station people could expect a tight group of people, good friendships, fun and new skills.
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