June member profile: Kat Dunlop

How long have you been a part of the Galston Rural Fire Brigade?
8 years

What is your role there?
I am currently a Deputy Captain and the President of the Brigade

When you’re not at the brigade, what do you do for a living?
I am a Technical Training Officer for the Department of Agriculture, and mum to a 3 year old and 1 1/2 year old.

What made you join the RFS?
I had friends in the RFS who encouraged me to join as they said it was very rewarding and you learn so much. They weren’t wrong!

What makes being part of the RFS so unique?
The mateship, encouragement and support from fellow members is exceptional. The Brigade ‘family’ is like none other and is very welcoming of new members.

What is a fond memory you have of your time at the brigade?
When a young boy said to me at a community education event ‘you’re a girl, I thought fire fighters were meant to be tough?’ the Senior Deputy Captain Brad Farckens over heard and replied to the boy ‘women are some of the best fire fighters out there’. Which the boy replied ‘oh, ok’, smiled and went and told his family.

What advice would you give someone thinking of joining?
Don’t hesitate, come and join, you will not regret it. We welcome people from all different backgrounds and experience levels. We have Brigade training on the first Saturday of the month between 1pm to 4pm so feel free to come and say hello, have a tour of the station and equipment and speak to members.