Leading Firefighters for Aviation Rescue firefighting Rockhampton Jean Hancock and Brad Byrnes Photo Trinette Stevens / Morning Bulletin
Leading Firefighters for Aviation Rescue firefighting Rockhampton Jean Hancock and Brad Byrnes Photo Trinette Stevens / Morning Bulletin Trinette Stevens

Rocky firies are taking up the call in Cambodia

JEAN Hancock and Brad Byrnes are trained to save structures, but building them is a whole new frontier.

They'll be able to add it to their skill-set next month, as the pair from Rockhampton's Aviation Rescue Firefighting Service embark on a volunteer trip to Cambodia.

Jean said they were going to spend 14 days in the country, as part of the ADU Make a Difference tour, combined with 'Heartprint'.

"We are basically going to build houses for those families who are most in need," he said.

"While we are there we engage with the community and help them out with various projects."

While it will be Jean's second visit to Cambodia, it was all new territory for Brad.

"Jean came back and told me how good it was and I thought it was a great opportunity to get involved," Brad said.

"It is a great way to have an overseas holiday but actually contribute something positive.

"It is obviously not close to home but there are people that live in much worse situations than we do here."

The duo will join 10 others from around the Rockhampton and Capricorn Coast region.

They said they had experienced overwhelming support from the service.

"A lot of the guys in the station and even throughout the entire company contributed to the Go Fund Me page," Brad said.

"Air Services Australia are very proactive and very supportive... they are more than happy to help get our fundraising efforts out there," Jean added.

"And we've had assistance from airport management with the Rockhampton Regional Council... so I am very appreciative of that as well."

To contribute to Jean and Brad's efforts, visit "Building Futures in Cambodia 2016" via Go Fund Me.
 



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