Kevin Bullen has been through some ups and downs during his 38 years with a respected volunteer organisation in Broome, but one thing that has remained the same is his passion and dedication. The 73-year-old is the longest-serving current member of the Broome Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service and, along with the late Maurice Gower, he is one of only two life members of the group, of which he served as captain for 13 years. Mr Bullen said although the amount of physical effort he could contribute had somewhat decreased in recent years, being part of the respected group still had so much meaning in his life. “I started off as a very green novice when I first signed up, not knowing much about fires at all, went into an officer’s role, was captain, and now I am in more of a mentor or support role,” he said. “Twenty to 30 years ago I could drag a 60m-long hose around. “Now I have trouble just moving myself. “I am very proud to still be accepted for what I am here and take pride in being a member of an elite organisation that is highly respected among our peers and in the community.” Mr Bullen said there had been many changes over the years for BVFRS, from location to technology and everything in between. “I remember back in the day running out of the old public works department near Town Beach, which was pretty central at the time,” he said. “As Broome expanded, it was taking us at least five to 10 minutes to even get to the station — we were not central anymore. “Eventually it relocated to Frederick Street, where we still stand very proudly now.” Mr Bullen is a former Shire of Broome citizen of the year and life member of the West Kimberley Football League, which has named its best and fairest medal after him.