New fire­fight­ers tested to their lim­its

Balonne Beacon - - BEST OF THE WEST -

THREE new fire­fight­ing re­cruits un­der­took a two-day road crash res­cue course at the Dalby Fire Sta­tion over the week­end to en­sure they will be pre­pared when their time at the coal face ar­rives.

The rook­ies – Brian McKeesick from In­june, Rus­sell Smith from Crows Nest and Amy Todd from Tara – are ready to go back to their re­spec­tive fire de­part­ments fully equipped to han­dle any crash sit­u­a­tion.

Dalby fire cap­tain Peter Mauch said the RCR course was cru­cial as fire­fight­ers came across en­trap­ments reg­u­larly.

“Cour­ses like this are to en­sure the health and safety of us and the pub­lic,” Mr Mauch said.

“RCR is im­por­tant be­cause it’s about

60 per cent of the work we do.

The trio were placed in mul­ti­ple res­cue sit­u­a­tions where they had to de­cide which tools and meth­ods would be best suited for each sit­u­a­tion, all while ex­pe­ri­enced fire­fighter David Kucks kept a watch­ful eye on them.

Mr Mauch said Dalby was in the for­tu­nate po­si­tion of hav­ing a full ca­pac­ity of fire­fight­ers at the moment but if any­one was in­ter­ested in join­ing he said they could sub­mit an ex­pres­sion of in­ter­est through the web­site www.qfes.qld. gov.au.

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