Firies on fire with new skills

Central and North Burnett Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

NEW re­cruits have been put to the test as they learned core skills in prac­ti­cal fire­fight­ing.

Queens­land Fire and Res­cue brought eight re­cruits to the Gayn­dah sports grounds for two days of skills, drills and the­ory.

The Wide Bay trainees hailed from Mun­dub­bera to Mary­bor­ough and down as far as Goomeri.

The pro­gram runs ev­ery fort­night for three months as new fire fight­ers go through 80 hours of train­ing.

Monto cap­tain Roger Stubbs was over­see­ing the train­ing as two squads learned es­sen­tial skills for sav­ing lives.

The re­cruits worked and com­mu­ni­cated as a team while they prac­tised hos­ing down mock fires while wear­ing full breath­ing ap­pa­ra­tus.

“They have to run through this train­ing be­fore they are al­lowed on the truck to at­tend in­ci­dents,” Mr Stubbs said.

“We are get­ting th­ese re­cruits up to a stan­dard that I want from them.”

Bush­fire sea­son is just kick­ing off and the new re­cruits will be put to work as soon as they are ready.

The pro­gram is an es­sen­tial com­po­nent in pre­par­ing fire fight­ers for the hard work ahead. ■ In­ter­ested in join­ing Queens­land Fire and Res­cue? Visit the em­ploy­ment and re­cruit­ment link at fire.qld.gov.au.

Photo: Bran­don Livesay

HOSE DOWN: New re­cruit Troy Hart mans the hose as part of his skills train­ing.

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