Sometime in the week or so before Christmas, a big red fire truck, Christmas carols blaring, will turn the corner into your street. Perched on top is Santa Claus and some of his mates from the Rural Fire Service. They throw bags of lollies to excited children who smile and laugh as Santa waves and makes his way down their street.
Sometime during the summer, that same big red truck may turn the corner into your street. This time, it’s the sirens that are blaring and the air is thick and heavy with smoke. There are no smiles or laughs this time. A bushfire is here.
If you’re like most people who live in a regional area of the Hunter, both sights will be familiar to you.
This is the RFS.
These are the men and women who run towards the fire and will stand, very literally, shoulder to shoulder, backs to the wall while they protect your property.
They will work tirelessly through a long, cold night sandbagging against a king tide to save your waterfront business from going under.
What’s more, they train week after week, year after year to be ready when you need their help.
How many times have you wanted to do something for them? Give something back?
Well now you can!
Raymond Terrace Rural Fire Brigade, in conjunction with Scotty’s Cinema Centre is proud to present a special screening of Only the Brave (M) on Sunday, December 3 at 4pm.
Starring Josh Brolin, Miles Teller, Jeff Bridges and Jennifer Connelly, it is based on the true story of the Granite Mountain Hotshots, a group of elite firefighters, who risk everything to protect a town from an historic wildfire.
I spoke with the brigade’s Deputy Captain, Tristan over the weekend and he tells me this is more than just a movie screening, it is an event for the entire community. ….. one he hopes everyone will get behind and support. There will be a fire truck at the cinema, with some of the local firies on hand to answer your questions…. and maybe even let the kids have a peek inside the truck!
The monies raised by this event channel directly to the local Rural Fire Brigade, the proceeds being used to purchase equipment that supports the firefighters.
Tickets are just $15 per person and available via the event link on the Raymond Terrace Rural Fire Brigade Facebook page.
All you have to do is book your tickets and show up on the day. You will not only see a great movie, you will be supporting some local heroes and making sure your local money stays local.
And that sounds pretty amazing to me!
PS. If you can’t make it on the day, you can always jump onto the RFS site (https://www.rfs.nsw.gov.au/) to make a donation.