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VRA is looking for next generation of squad members

“We are under strength in numbers and youth."

Snake handler Harvey Black discusses his latest ‘catch’  a python weighing several kilograms, which fascinated observers Lionel Hardman and Traci Morley in The Courier office. The python was safely released back into the wild.

The urgent need for new recruits will be high on the agenda when Narrabri Volunteer Rescue Association holds its annual general meeting on Wednesday.

“The VRA has been established for 43 years and many volunteers have been supporting the community over those four decades,” commented VRA secretary Harvey Black.

“Now we need members of the community to step up and support the squad.

“We are under strength in numbers and youth.

‘“Over the decades we have had hundreds of members who joined and served and moved on.

“But now, the older ones, including myself, are looking to retire and we need to hand over the reins to another generation of rescue operators.

“All we ask is that recruits be 18 years old or over, enthusiastic and committed to the community and the work of the VRA.

“Being part of the VRA is not demanding of members’ time, he said.

“All members will be required to do is to attend a weekly training session as often as they can, obtain their qualifications as set down by the NSW government, and be available for call outs as much as possible.”

The VRA is a true community organisation, Mr Black said.

“We are a voluntary body- only four people in the whole NSW organisation are paid, the treasurer, the secretary, the commissioner and state director of training.”