Fire­fighter ready for the chal­lenge

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Street Watch - By LISA THOMAS

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.

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