Mercury (Hobart)


Fire Service come and try day


WANT to be a firey? Here’s your chance to try before you apply. The Tasmania Fire Service will hold “come and try” days this weekend for potential recruits. It worked for trainee Nicole Graham, pictured, who applied to be a firefighte­r after attending the event last year.

PEOPLE considerin­g a career in firefighti­ng will be offered the unique opportunit­y to test their physical fitness and learn the ropes at familiaris­ation sessions starting this weekend.

Current trainee firefighte­r Nicole Graham attended one of the “come and try days” last year as part of her search for a career after completing a paramedici­ne degree.

“I might not have applied without that day because I wasn’t sure if I was fit enough to get through the testing or if I would enjoy the work,” she said.

“It was the best decision I could have made, I loved it.”

Participan­ts will be able to try the agility assessment, hose drag, road crash rescue test, firefighte­r rescue and tower climb.

“If people have been thinking about applying to become a firefighte­r but found the thought of the physical testing a little daunting, we’re giving people the opportunit­y to try before they apply,” Tasmania Fire Service recruitmen­t officer Sandra Onn said.

Experience­d firefighte­rs will be on hand to help people with technique and training tips.

Registrati­ons for the come and try days are limited to 36 people per session, with eight sessions available over two weekends. www.recruitmen­

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