Congratulations go out Sabina Hughes on her new commission as Deputy Captain of Batemans Bay Fire and Rescue NSW Station 217. While this is a personal milestone for Sabina in her career as a firefighter, it is also a milestone for the Station as Sabina is the first female to fill the role in the 44 year history of the Brigade.
Batemans Bay Fire and Rescue NSW is not new to having a strong representation of female firefighters with the station once having the highest number of female firefighters in NSW.
Batemans Bay 217 is a Primary Rescue and Intermediate Hazmat Fire Station with a crew of permanent & retained fire fighters. Whilst it is comprised of highly trained personnel ready to respond to adversity, the brigade members also enjoy their engagement with the community by way of education, attending open days and doing what they can to promote fire safety.
Sabina told The Beagle “It is an honor to be Deputy Captain. The support from my fellow firefighters and the wider community has been very humbling. I feel incredibly lucky to be able to say that I love what I do. Although being a first responder has its own unique challenges, it really is a privilege to be able to make a difference to people’s lives and help the community”.
“I remember a day when I attended a community fair and heard a little girl behind me say “Mummy, there is a girl firefighter!”. It reminded me that I was once that little girl.”
Many in the community will know of Sabina and fellow firefighter Kai Attree from the annual stair climb of the iconic Sydney Tower Eye. Along with hundreds of other firefighters they run as quickly as possible in full structural firefighting ensemble to raise money and awareness for Motor Neurone Disease (MND).
Teams of firefighters climb 1504 stairs (98 floors) each wearing full structural firefighting ensemble and air sets with a combined weight of over 20kg.
Sabina said of this annual commitment “It is just another aspect of being a firefighter; being able to support an important cause such as this and give back to the community in any way we can”.
Last week saw another first for the Batemans Bay Fire and Rescue NSW Station 217 with their Open Day delivered by video on social media over four days covering a variety of prevention and preparedness related topics in order to best keep the community safe for the winter ahead.