Thank You Fireys Day is an opportunity for the public to show their gratitude for fire fighters like Marty Sellar who run head-long into danger to protect the community. Tuesday is Thank You Fireys Day, a chance to honour and thank the unsung heroes who work and volunteer for the Department of Fire and Emergency Services. In Mr Sellar’s case, the 41-year-old completely changed his career path three years ago after volunteering to fight fires in a pledge to assist the community. The former school teacher at Geraldton Grammar and father of a two-year-old was a volunteer at Geraldton Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service for three years prior to becoming a career firefighter at Geraldton Fire Station and continues to volunteer by supporting members with training. “I find that hugely rewarding to give back to the volunteers in the local community who’ve given up their time to assist with crew fireys in town,” he said. Mr Sellar began volunteering to get a taste for the job before transitioning and said it was an easy change for him long term. He said being tasked alongside a small crew and drawing on different experiences made for a good social atmosphere at work. “If you want to work in a small team environment and make a big difference you can’t go past being a firey. You get training once a week, you learn a heap of new skills that you don’t get to do outside of being firey,” he said. “There’s all these unique skill sets you get if you volunteer as firefighter and it’s great. Everything’s got its challenges but it’s great.” Mr Sellar said the job was spontaneous and although he never knew what might take place throughout the course of the day, there was “nothing bad about being a firey”. “You never quite know what you’re rolling into, every day is different. It’s not like your usual Monday to Friday, nine-to-five job,” he said.