Helping children learn fire safety

Lin Quarrier

Lin Quarrier, 53, started volunteering for the Country Fire Authority this year, though she's been involved indirectly through her husband, Bruce Quarrier, for decades. 

Ms Quarrier, pictured with two of her grandsons, decided to become part of the organisation because her children had grown up and moved out and because Mr Quarrier asked her to help.

"I thought, he’s at work all the time, I may as well be with him," Ms Quarrier said.

As a school teacher, she quickly became involved in fire education programs.

Ms Quarrier teaches fire safety strategies such as "stop, drop and roll".

"It's crucial that people who don’t have access to that information can access it in a social, friendly way," she said.

"Often with small children, it's a way to get the information through to young families who are often the most vulnerable."

She said the CFA had plenty of roles for different kinds of people.

"Every little bit helps. It can sometimes just be answering phone calls. Without that the whole machine doesn’t work."

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