Firies on fire with new skills
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.
HOSE DOWN: New recruit Troy Hart mans the hose as part of his skills training.