Firefighters grad­u­ate

Three new aux­il­iaries for War­wick and one for Al­lora Fire Sta­tion

Warwick Daily News - - NEWS - Ger­ard Walsh

THE South­ern Downs has four new ur­ban aux­il­iary firefighters, with ea­ger grad­u­ates com­plet­ing a four-week train­ing course at War­wick Fire Sta­tion.

Melissa Reid, Jake Peters and Dean Mur­phy of War­wick, Al­lora res­i­dent Harry Mar­shall and Sean Flana­gan, of Chin­chilla, have each com­pleted the 80-hour course.

Lieu­tenant Chris Gilchrist, the Queens­land Fire and Emer­gency Ser­vice War­wick Com­mand area train­ing of­fi­cer for the aux­il­iaries said War­wick now had its full com­mand of 16.

“One new Al­lora aux­il­iary has taken the num­ber to eight out of a full com­ple­ment of 10,” he said.

“We need more aux­il­iaries at Clifton, Al­lora, In­gle­wood and Wal­lan­garra.

“Aux­il­iaries are paid for call outs and train­ing.”

All five re­cruits were pre­sented with their QFES hel­mets on Sun­day afternoon.

Once they re­ceive their pagers, they can im­me­di­ately re­spond to struc­tural fires and wear breath­ing ap­pa­ra­tus.

“They can also re­spond to grass and wild­fires,” Lt Gilchrist said.

“There are now 89 firefighters in the QFES War­wick Com­mand, 77 aux­il­iaries and 12 per­ma­nent firefighters.”

Ms Reid said she was keen to be part of the emer­gency ser­vices.

“I pride my­self in be­ing fit,” she said.

Mr Peters said he en­joyed the time work­ing with fel­low aux­il­iaries.

“I work by my­self in my day job as an elec­tri­cian,” he said.

Mr Mur­phy, who has lived at War­wick for seven years, said he was keen to help the com­mu­nity.

“Go­ing to a fire will be an adren­a­line rush,” he said.

Mr Mar­shall moved to the Al­lora area six months ago and is keen to help his com­mu­nity.

The fifth trainee grad­u­ate, Mr Flana­gan, who has lived at Chin­chilla for the past 18 months, said be­ing a fire­fighter was some­thing he had al­ways wanted to do.

He and his wife Chenoah have five sons and he said their boys loved their fa­ther be­ing a fire­fighter.

Any­one in­ter­ested in train­ing to be­come an aux­il­iary fire­fighter can call in at the War­wick Fire Sta­tion be­tween 6-8.30pm Mon­day or ap­ply on­line on the QFES web­site.

PHOTO: GER­ARD WALSH

HELP­ING THE COM­MU­NITY: New aux­il­iary ur­ban firefighters (from left) Melissa Reid, Jake Peters, Sean Flana­gan, Dean Mur­phy and Harry Mar­shall.

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