THE local Rural Fire Service doesn't just fight fires.
It's their job to protect the community we live in.
They work on fire prevention, community education and deployments and assistance during disasters.
One form of prevention is hazard reduction burning.
Hazard reduction burns use fire to reduce excess vegetation that could lead to bushfires.
They work to educate the community through increasing awareness about fire prevention which has the potential to save lives and properties.
There are hundreds of volunteers on the Southern Downs who work within one of 14 groups in the Warwick area and in 12 different groups on the Granite Belt.
Group officer Mal Stacey said the groups are continually completing training and assessment to keep up to date.
"The groups are responsible for the fire levy of the region," he said.
"The group officer is in charge of the fire management and they are continually updating their skills to pass onto the rest of the group and then the community."
Mr Stacey said both Warwick and Stanthorpe groups are planning to carry out hazard reduction burns.
"There will be some burns coming up shortly," he said.
"The weather hasn't been great for burn-offs so we are waiting until it dries out a bit more."
Mr Stacey said they predict the fire season will be later this year.
"Usually the beginning of the fire season is at the start of August," he said.
"We've had it start in July before, but the weather conditions have been a bit different so we don't expect it to start as soon.
"At the moment west Warwick is drier than east."
If you are interested in joining the local Rural Fire Brigade contact your local first officer. You can find out who that is by phoning the Toowoomba office on 4616 1574.
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Phone Candyce Braithwaite on 4660 1372 or email firstname.lastname@example.org