Alton Downs Rural Fire Brigade volunteer and third officer Danielle Tighe at the brigade’s shed.
Alton Downs Rural Fire Brigade volunteer and third officer Danielle Tighe at the brigade’s shed. Allan Reinikka

All night watch just part of job

DANIELLE Tighe sits outside a Frenchville home all night on fire watch.

During the evening and into the early hours, residents bring out tea and coffee.

Rewind the clock back to October 2009 and this was a nightly vigil for Danielle, a volunteer with the Alton Downs Rural Fire Brigade, and hundreds of other community champions.

Their tireless efforts will never be forgotten and it’s timely to reminisce this week during National Volunteer Week.

Two years with the Alton Downs Rural Fire Brigade has seen her fight the Berserker fires in 2009 and help with the clean-up of those hard hit by the floods this year.

Working for the auxiliary firefighter department for DERM for 10 years, Danielle thought her knowledge and skills could be put to good use.

“I wanted to give back to the community, and with all of the skills I have from working with DERM, I thought it would be good to be able to teach others and pass that knowledge on for the good of the community,” Danielle said.

Promoted to third officer with the Alton Downs Rural Fire Brigade, Danielle does many things within the community to raise fire awareness.

But for the fire fighter, volunteering is no chore, and she has many memorable occasions for being thanked for her work, including the Berserker fires.

“Because we were basically sitting outside people’s houses all night protecting their homes from potentially catching fire, they were very grateful and that was a very memorable experience during my time as firefighter.”

How to join your local fire brigade

If you know the brigade you would like to join, contact the first officer to discuss membership.

Rockhampton Fire Brigade Office 4938 4736



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