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83-year-old firefighter still going strong

EXPERIENCED: Greg Hunter may be 83-years-old but he doesn't let that stop him from volunteering as a rural firefighter for the South Nanango brigade.
EXPERIENCED: Greg Hunter may be 83-years-old but he doesn't let that stop him from volunteering as a rural firefighter for the South Nanango brigade. Jordan Philp

GREG Hunter may be 83 but it doesn't stop him from helping protect the community.

His career as a volunteer firefighter spans more than 60 years fighting countless fires.

He has volunteered longer than South Nanango Rural Fire Brigade has existed.

But Mr Hunter doesn't see what he does as anything special.

"I just do the job and go home," he said.

"I do it because it is a service to the people and I'm in good health so it means I can keep helping protect the community."

Although Mr Hunter doesn't get called out as much as he used to, he is still involved in the brigade and has been involved with controlled burns this year.

The firefighter encouraged younger people to do what he has done for more than half a century.

"It's good training, there's a good fellowship and most importantly it is doing something for the community," Mr Hunter said.

"I think volunteering is a good start for young people and it is a chance for them to learn new things."

South Nanango Rural Fire Brigade First Officer George Pike said Mr Hunter was a role model for young people to join.

"It's a shame there's not more devotion to it like what Greg has," he said.

"It is a shame the young people of today don't have the same calling or idea of volunteering."

Rural Fire Brigades throughout the South Burnett are in need of volunteers.

For more information on how you can help phone the Rural Fire Service on 4190 4839.

DEVOTED: Volunteer firefighter Greg Hunter has been protecting the community for more than 60 years.
DEVOTED: Volunteer firefighter Greg Hunter has been protecting the community for more than 60 years. Jordan Philp
South Burnett

Topics:  firefighter, nanango


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