First callout for Bowyer
MAREEBA Fire Station relies greatly on the efforts of its citizen firefighters and their dedication to the community.
Nineteen-year-old Cody Bowyer has been an auxiliary firefighter for about a year and went to his first house fire last Wednesday.
He said everything that was taught during training was put to the test and his main priority was to make sure nobody was in the house.
“We had all the correct gear on before we arrived at the fire so when we got there we could immediately take action,” he said.
“The adrenalin was pumping to make sure nobody was stuck in the house and to stop the fire from spreading any further.
“We looked from the outside and could see that there was nobody inside and then we wanted to contain the fire.”
He said the two Mareeba crews responded very quickly and did not want the flames to reach some cars that were nearby.
Mr Bowyer has enjoyed every minute of being an auxiliary firefighter and said he just wanted to help his community.
“It was a way to give back to the Mareeba community. We are well prepared through the courses and training we receive to respond to incidents,” he said.
“It has become a second family for me and I would encourage anyone who wants to help the community to join. I do not see how the community could not benefit.”
Mareeba Fire Station officer Jason Mather said the station relied immensely on the auxiliary firefighters and if anyone on the Tablelands was interested to contact their local station.
“Our auxiliary do a great job and they were manning the station while our permanent crew were at another fire,” he said.
“People should introduce themselves to the captains at the station. The fire stations in Ravenshoe, Millaa Millaa and Herberton are desperately looking for volunteers.”
Mareeba Fire Station auxiliary firefighter Cody Bowyer enjoys his work helping the community.