AN ageing crew and the increasing demands on the brigade’s skills and expertise in road accidents and rope rescues have prompted a major recruitment campaign in recent weeks.
Brigade captain Rob O’Connor hopes to sign on a group of younger members before the current older ones retire and the skills and expertise which should be passed on are lost.
“This is important because this group does a lot of different things and there is a fair bit of training to be done,” he said.
Like other brigades in the valley, Mt Beauty is called out to grass and scrub fires but in addition they are better equipped to handle structural fires than other local brigades.
They are also trained in road accident rescue, steep angle rope rescue and trench rescue, and hope in the future to be trained in confined space rescue.
“Owing to our difficulty in getting members, we have joined forces with six members of the Gundowring brigade to make up our road rescue team, and three Tawonga members have joined the rope rescue team,” Mr O’Connor said.