IT’S the biggest intake in recent memory — eight new recruits to bolster Bright’s CFA brigade.
Late last year the volunteer firefighters were struggling to get people to fires in the middle of the week.
But the new additions, including another woman, recently completed their wildfire minimum skills, having signed up to the brigade late last year, and are now available to turnout to protect life and property.
Only a few months ago Bright CFA captain Paul Mansfield raised concerns that the brigade didn’t have enough active members.
With around 40 on their list but only 10 regularly attending Monday night training at the time, Mr Mansfield hoped to find around six new volunteers to ensure they would never fail to respond to a call.
Now, with just short of 50 members, Mansfield said the current situation was great for the brigade.
“They are all complete beginners but we are pretty rapt with the bunch,” he said.