Firefighter ready for the challenge
CLAREMONT will be better equipped to deal with the coming bushfire season after the announcement of a new firefighter.
Tim Quinlan graduated earlier this month and joined the ranks at the western suburbs station last week.
The 26-year-old Scarborough resident said he decided to make firefighting a career after volunteering as a surf-lifesaver with other career firefighters.
“There were a lot of guys I looked up to at the surf club who were firefighters and it really made me want to do it,” he said.
“I supposed similarly to surflifesaving, it’s a hands-on job and a natural progression of community safety and every day is different and rewarding.”
Mr Quinlan completed a 17week course to develop skills in firefighting, road crash rescue, urban search and rescue, hazardous materials and community safety.
He said he was looking forward to what the career had in store for him and the people he would meet.
“It’s a full-on course and both mentally and physically draining, but I was lucky enough to have the support of family and friends,” he said.
“The mateship and people you meet throughout the course and the job is pretty great and that’s been a great part of the experience so far.”
Tim Quinlan has recently joined the team at the Claremont fire station.