Mossman fireys after new recruits
IF you’re a committed and dedicated character, prepared to take on challenges and learn new things, signing up for the Mossman Fire and Emergency Service could be for you.
Mossman firefighter Andrew Petrack explained the importance of the job. “We really need a fully manned crew in town when we respond.”
The life of a firey can be demanding - all the current crew work fulltime in other jobs when they’re not on jobs for the Queensland Fire and Emergency Service (QFES), who they also work for part time, but on-call for 24/7.
If there’s an incident that requires the Mossman fireys, all the crew have to be ready any time of day to stop what they’re doing and get down to the station.
“It’s a rewarding job. Every call-out is different - not one incident is the same.”
Because of the wide range of incidents fireys get called to - fires, car crashes, flooding, vertical rescue operations (climbing) - pretty much anything - each firefighter is trained across a wide range of skills. Each firey is trained like a fulltime firefighter - a commitment that takes months of initial training, and then constant refresher courses. All the training is paid for by the QFES.
If you’re interested in becoming a firefighter with the Mossman Fire and Emergency Service, they train once a week every Tuesday at 6:30pm. Head down to the station to find out if the job is right for you. Firefighters need to either live within five minutes of the station, or work in town.
Colleen James – 13 years with the Mossman Fire and Emergency Services