Fireies and More……
We are often asked “What do you do each week when there are no fires about and they would be unlikely because of the current weather conditions?”
The simple answer is that we are training for our “All Hazards” approach to volunteering.
This means that we are constantly reaffirming our ability to get the best out of our expensive equipment and familiarise ourselves with the best way to approach each incident.
It is just as important now as it was 50 years ago, that we can all handle the basics of fire-fighting at any time, and this is the area where we concentrate our training. Our Crew Leaders and Officers take this responsibility seriously, striving to perfect quick, efficient operation all of the time.
Along the way, all members teach and encourage the new members joining the Brigade. There is quite a lot to learn and new members frequently take several months to become expert enough to reach a standard in all the basic operations which will enable them to pass the Firefighter Minimum Skills (FMS) practical assessment.
Further optional training will generally be undertaken in skills such as chainsaw operation at various levels; First Aid, again to advanced levels; electrical safety; truck driving licence for a limited number, ability to assist at road crashes and supplying water to our Auxiliaries in the event of a structure fire.
For those with FMS and Firefighter Advanced Skills, with some experience on the fire ground, the first level of additional training generally involves a weekend, live-in, Crew Leader course followed by an assessment. Crew Leaders are, of course, at the forefront of our operations, are often in charge of the first appliance to arrive at an incident and must quickly decide on the appropriate action and requirements for further crews, so they bear some responsibilities of which they must be aware.
Later, more training is available at increasing levels of complexity for incident management. This can be very challenging and has implications well beyond our general area of operation.
Don’t forget the Family Day, Sunday 31st July, at the Station, to meet some of the many emergency service workers on the mountain.