First call­out for Bowyer

Tablelands Advertiser - - NEWS - Bec Singh

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.”

Pic­ture: Bec Singh

Ma­reeba Fire Sta­tion aux­il­iary fire­fighter Cody Bowyer en­joys his work help­ing the com­mu­nity.

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