THE Leeton Volunteer Rescue Association was started following a tragic accident and, to ensure the community can continue to call on them during times of need, more volunteers are required.
The Leeton VRA was founded in 1973 following a fatal accident at Boyer's Crossing where four lives, including two children, were lost.
On that day a flaw was highlighted to the community that there was not enough equipment or manpower to prevent the loss of life and so, the Leeton VRA was formed.
Flash forward to now and the organisation plays a huge role not just on scene at accidents, but during searches for missing people, rescue situations, support at community events and much more.
At the moment, there is give or take 10 volunteers signed up with the Leeton VRA, but more are needed to ensure the future stays strong.
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Leeton VRA president Paul Smith, who has been involved with the organisation for 11 years now, said there was a job for everyone.
"It's not just about the blood and gore of accidents ... we do a lot more than attend accident scenes," he said.
"We provide a vital support service to emergency services whether that's at an accident, during a search, river rescue, first aid, we cover a lot of areas.
"We're present at a lot of community events where we might be needed, so if you become a volunteer there's a pretty good chance you'll have a front-row seat to something like a night out at the speedway."
Just on the weekend the VRA was called to help paramedics gain entry to a home in Leeton where an elderly resident had fallen and was unable to open the door.
"It's really rewarding what we do, but we are just starting to see a really big need for more volunteers," Mr Smith said.
"Everyone is given all of the appropriate training. It's a good team to be part of and the more volunteers we have the easier it is for everyone."
Both women and men have been encouraged to sign up. More information is available at https://www.rescue.org.au/, by chatting to one of the Leeton members or its Facebook page.
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