Awarded firefighter ready to answer call
EIDSVOLD’S newest auxiliary firefighter is already making a name for herself after being awarded a commendation.
Peta Staples has lived in Eidsvold for 18 months and said she was excited to have been awarded a commendation for being enthusiastic and committed to her training.
“I joined the Fire and Emergency Services group to meet new people and serve my community,” Mrs Staples said.
“I volunteered for six months and when I was encouraged to do the course to become a qualified fire fighter I took my chance.”
Just like a full-time firefighter, Mrs Staples will attend structural and environmental fires, road crashes, chemical spills and many other rescue scenarios.
She will also hold building compliance inspections and community education activities.
“I undergo training every Thursday night and I am enjoying the experiences, going through the drills on pumps and hoses,” she said.
“Being an auxiliary firefighter is exciting and rewarding. I have received world-class accredited training and I enjoy the camaraderie of a close-knit team.”
Auxiliary firefighters are unique however, in that they are on-call 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Holding regular jobs within the community such as farmers, tradespeople, teachers, stay-at-home parents, truck drivers, nurses, factory or office workers and even accountants, they carry a pager and “down tools” when QFES receives a 000 call.
GOOD EFFORT: Chief Supt Kevin Devitt (left), Acting Supt Russell Thompson (right) with Eidsvold's Peta Staples.