Tracey Goldsmith salutes her fellow firies
THE most important part of Tracey Goldsmith's job is to get her co-workers home safely to their families each night.
And, although it was stressful, Mrs Goldsmith said there was no job more satisfying.
After 27 years with the South Nanango Rural Fire Brigade, the volunteer said the service was more a family than a job.
"It's like any of the rural fire personnel, we're all just one big family," Mrs Goldsmith said.
While the fire service was at times marred by tragedy, she said this only brought the service's men and women closer together.
Mrs Goldsmith said one of those tragedies was the loss of her husband, Brendon, in 2012.
"When we lost Brendon nearly four years ago, we banded together," Mrs Goldsmith said.
"You lose one of your own; it's like losing a family member for everyone.
"We very much rely on each other."
The incident control and emergency radio worker said firies were heroes and "there's no other word I can put down for any of them".
"They go out and you never know whether they're going to come back," she said.
But Mrs Goldsmith said the good times outweighed the bad, and her commitment and enjoyment for the job never wavered.
"Everybody works together and has their own roles, nobody's left behind," she said.
In conjunction with National Red Balloon Day, a day to say thank you to firies, the South Nanango Rural Fire Brigade will hold an open day on Sunday, February 28.
The long-serving volunteer said the open day was a chance for fresh blood to join the service.
"Every brigade is screaming out for volunteers, we're all down on numbers," she said.
She said the open day was also an opportunity to say thank you to local firies.
The South Nanango Rural Fire Brigade open day will offer information for people wanting to join with activities.
It will run from 10am - 3pm at the D'Aguilar Hwy, south of the Nanango CBD.