PERMIT READY: Brigade training and support officer Mark Beil and Inspector Marty Taylor had an abundance of knowledge to share with the public about the upcoming fire season and fire permit applications.
PERMIT READY: Brigade training and support officer Mark Beil and Inspector Marty Taylor had an abundance of knowledge to share with the public about the upcoming fire season and fire permit applications. Laura Blackmore

Fireys in attendance before season flares up

FOR South Burnett residents, learning about fire safety is essential.

The Rural Fire Service set up in front of Muffin Break in Kingaroy Shopping World today to educate the public about the impending fire season and the importance of applying for permits.

Inspector Marty Taylor has worked for the fire brigade for more than 30 years, but relocated to Kingaroy 18 months ago and is heading into his second fire season in the region.

"People come into town once a week, sometimes more, to do their shopping so being here is a good way to give out permit applications and have a chat about the upcoming season," Insp Taylor said.

He said fire season was expected to start in the next couple of weeks, so it was crucial people were informed about the rules and regulations.

"Permits are important because the maximum fire you can have without one is two square metres and, anything above that, you need a permit," Insp Taylor said.

"They give you guidance about what to do and how to prepare yourself for the fire."

The Rural Fire Service is also always recruiting for new volunteers to join the brigade.

"I've been in the fire brigade for a long time and for me it's about helping the community," Insp Taylor said.

"All of our volunteers are awesome and it gives you that pride that you've come out the other end of a fire season unscathed and protecting everyone."

To learn about how to apply for a permit or become a volunteer, visit Rural Fire Service Queensland.

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