Awarded fire­fighter ready to an­swer call

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS - Noel Thomp­son noel.thomp­

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.

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