Local NRMA Patrol Brett Bishop is celebrating 30 years of service on the road helping to keep his community moving.
A workshop mechanic from the age of 16, Brett joined the NRMA in 1989 after his best mate’s dad, an NRMA hero, encouraged him to apply.
Though home was south west, Brett was quick to learn every back street of Central Sydney and spent a lot of time fighting off party goers in Kings Cross who mistook him for a taxi.
Brett still remembers being nervous on his few first jobs around the city but was pleasantly surprised by the warm reception he always received on arrival for broken down Members.
“People are always happy and appreciative to see me. It’s one of the many perks of the job. It’s so satisfying to be able to help people in their time of need,” Mr Bishop said.
There is no typical day for Brett, one minute he could be helping with a mechanical breakdown the next he’s rescuing kids or pets locked in vehicles.
“I’ve lost count of how many kids and pets I’ve saved from locked cars. They are always the jobs that stick in my mind because the parents are so distressed. It’s always a relief when I can ease their fears and get their child or pet out quickly,” Brett said.