Four hel­mets wait­ing to be filled

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - Madi­son Wil­liams

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.

Do you have a news tip? Con­tact Editor Shane Ni­chols on 4099 8555 or shane. ni­chols@ news. com. au

Pic­ture: MADI­SON WIL­LIAMS

The cur­rent num­bers at the Moss­man fire sta­tion are way too low

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