Moss­man needs new firies

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - Angelique Pat­ter­son

EVER wanted to be a fire­fighter and help keep the com­mu­nity safe?

Queens­land Fire and Res­cue Moss­man sta­tion are on a re­cruit­ment drive to train men and women to be­come new fire­fight­ers af­ter three of their crew mem­bers said good­bye.

Aux­il­iary fire­fighter James Per­ham has been a mem­ber for four years, al­though at a young age he was train­ing with the crew un­til he was old enough to join, achiev­ing a childhood dream.

‘‘As a kid I al­ways wanted to be a fire­fighter and hon­estly I find it easy be­cause it’s some­thing I en­joy,’’ he said.

‘‘There are hard as­pects to the job and some of the things you have to deal with but the fire ser­vice has re­ally good sup­port chain and there is a real bond within the team, we are a fam­ily."

The big­gest chal­lenge of be­ing a fire fighter is time man­age­ment, with most of the crew also jug­gling full­time jobs while be­ing on call.

‘‘You have to be will­ing to put time and ef­fort into the po­si­tion, it’s not just an or­di­nary nine-to-five job, you are on call 24/7. You are giv­ing a lot be­cause it’s your own per­sonal time,’’ Mr Per­ham said.

‘‘It’s chal­leng­ing and you need to be strong minded, but it’s also re­ward­ing, apart from the friends you make, it’s re­ward­ing help­ing peo­ple, and you also learn life skills and other skills that can help pro­tect your own fam­ily.

‘‘Also the skills you learn are na­tion­ally recog­nised, one of our crew mem­bers who left An­ton San­tacruz, is us­ing his skills in com­mu­nity ser­vice as recog­ni­tion to as­sist join­ing the po­lice ser­vice, he has done well.’’

Moss­man QFR Lieu­tenant An­drew Pe­track joined the Moss­man sta­tion three years ago and said its not just about fire­fight­ing, there is spe­cialised train­ing in dif­fer­ent res­cue sit­u­a­tions.

‘‘We are con­tin­u­ally up­dat­ing our train­ing and the­ory to main­tain our high level of skill re­quired to main­tain the best pos­si­ble re­sult on our jobs, and it’s a very sat­is­fy­ing job know­ing that you are part of a team than can help our com­mu­nity,’’ Mr Pe­track said.

‘‘We have spe­cialised train­ing and also do fire ed­u­ca­tion classes and fire drills at our lo­cal schools, to cre­ate com­mu­nity aware­ness of the po­ten­tial dan­gers and hazards to our area."

Head down to train­ing on Tues­day night and join the Moss­man fire ser­vice, lo­cated on Thomas St, Moss­man or con­tact An­drew Pe­track on 0407 772 402 for more in­for­ma­tion.



An­drew Pe­track and James Per­ham

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