The Western Australian Department of Fire and Emergency services cover the whole state, almost a third of Australia with 26 thousand volunteers.

This means that times they can be pretty stretched.   In Derby in the Kimberley they serve for Fire fighting, sea rescue and disaster relief

Image: Image: Shutterstock – John Crux

Produced By: Elizabeth Heseltine

Featured In Story: Jane Edwards – Sea Rescue Volunteer, Karen Brennan – Captain Derby Fire Brigade, Louise Burns – Local SES, and Anna Boys – Apparatus Officer – Derby Fire Brigade

First aired on The Wire, Wednesday 2 November 2022