Mossman needs new firies
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.
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Andrew Petrack and James Perham