Mossman fireys af­ter new re­cruits

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - Scott Tibballs

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.

Pic­ture: SCOTT TIBBALLS

Colleen James – 13 years with the Mossman Fire and Emer­gency Ser­vices

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