All 13 Tumut Fire and Rescue firefighters have made the choice to be vaccinated against Covid-19, making station 467 fully jabbed.
Station Commander Mick Ivill said this was purely the choice of the firefighters, rather than enforcement from Fire and Rescue NSW.
“Knowing full well we have to go into the community for emergencies and ambulance assists, this gives the community a sense that we’re doing our job in a safe manner,” he said.
“We fall into the category of primary givers to the community so we took the opportunity to book appointments to get vaccinated. They (Fire and Rescue NSW) haven’t said we have to, but we have all done it anyway.”
Tumut firefighter Marius Schoeman said getting vaccinated was as much a commitment to the community as to the firefighters’ own families.
“We encourage all members of the local community to get vaccinated,” he said.
“Tumut is below the state average so I would really encourage everyone to roll up their sleeves.”
According to the NSW government’s vaccination rate map, in the 2720 post code, 80 to 89 per cent of people have had at least one dose, and 50 to 59 per cent are fully vaccinated. According to the Covid-19 Vaccine Tracker, the rate of those fully vaccinated in NSW is 69.12 per cent.
“You have to look at what Covid has done in the past year and a half, the way it has mutated,” Mr Schoeman said.
“As a race, we can’t stay ahead of it, so we have to do what we can do for the safety of the town. Tumut is one of the most beautiful towns in this area, and it has a lot of visitors, so it if (Covid-19) does come here, we need to be as protected as we can be.”