The Ballarat Courier has profiled Wendouree brigade volunteer, Leon Cray, in an article looking at four different volunteers in the community.
From the article:
Leon's fired up ready for call
Volunteering at the CFA was in Leon Cray's genetic make-up.
His father volunteered, and his grandfather volunteered, so as soon as Mr Cray reached the legal CFA volunteering age of 16, he put his hand up to get involved.
More than 15 years later, Mr Cray is still volunteering, and still loving it.
"I couldn't imagine my life not being in the CFA," Mr Cray said.
He started in the Stawell Fire Brigade, but began with Wendouree when he moved to Ballarat to further his education.
"I just love the community involvement, and being able to help someone when maybe life isn't going their way," Mr Cray said.
He has been involved in many sides of the CFA, as a firefighter and in leadership.
Currently he is the 2nd lieutenant at Wendouree Fire Brigade, and conducts training sessions for other firefighters.
When he's not volunteering, Mr Cray is a professional bus driver for Davis Bus Lines.
"Sometimes I can't go out in the mornings because of my job; I have to maintain fatigue management," he said.
"But that alarm goes off for a reason. There's someone or something happening and you've got to attend."
Mr Cray says that the challenges that the job brings encouraged him to join.
"It's why I took a leadership position as well, I wanted to challenge myself and further improve myself," he said.
"What you learn with the CFA you can use also in your personal and professional life."
Read the article in full along with images on the Ballarat Courier's website.