Four helmets waiting to be filled
THE Mossman fire station crew are looking for four new auxiliary firefighters to fill four empty helmets.
Auxiliary firefighters are paid part-time firefighters and just like their fulltime peers they attend fires, road crashes, chemical spills and many other rescue scenarios.
For auxiliary firefighter Andrew Petrack joining the ser- vice gave him an unforeseeable advantage in horrendous circumstances.
Mr Petrack’s wife and daughter suffered severe burns last month after a gas bottle explosion at a family barbecue.
Mr Petrack, who was also injured in the explosion, said it was his training that kept him calm and able to care for his injured family immediately after the blast.
“It was surreal being on the other side of the fence, but I was able to stay calm and controlled throughout because I knew what to do in that situation,” he said.
The Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) offers world-class accredited training for many different emergency situations including road crash rescues.
But the fireys at the Mossman station said it’s the camaraderie and sense of “giving back to the community” that keep them coming back.
And it can be the start of new and interesting career.
Mossman auxiliary firefighter James Perham is studying to become a paramedic and has been able to work closely with qualified paramedics in the field.
“It’s better than an office job, you’re forever learning.”
Auxiliary firefighters are paid an hourly rate, starting at $22.68 per hour.
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The current numbers at the Mossman fire station are way too low