LET’S WORK: The students were dressed in official uniform to learn from Stanthorpe officers Sal Coco and Ian Barnden.
LET’S WORK: The students were dressed in official uniform to learn from Stanthorpe officers Sal Coco and Ian Barnden. Amy Kadel

Students join the (fire) fight

ANOTHER group of high school students have joined in to undergo their certificate two in Community Safety Fire Fighting Operations.

The course runs for 18 weeks, with approximately 14 students from Years 11 and 12 participating.

Here, the students learn what it’s like to be a firefighter while gaining credits towards their graduation certificate.

“Here was take them through all the basic skills of fire fighting,” Brigade Training and Support Officer Barry Byrne said.

“Very similar to if somebody comes and joins the local brigade.”

Students who undergo the program also get to try their hand at being a firefighter and are trained in what to do during burning off.

“Last week we did our first controlled burn out near the aerodrome and we were really pleased with that,” Mr Byrne said.

“It was absolutely ideal conditions to burn and to teach the students both the positives and the negatives of lighting fires and controlling wild fire activities.”

Since beginning, the course has been a great success, with students from previous courses joining brigades or volunteering once they finished school.

“We’ve got a couple of really good fire fighters from previous courses,” Mr Byrne said.

“Last year we had a really good success rate in the local brigades.”

Members of the brigades are once again hoping that students who go through the course this year will continue after they have finished.

“We certainly hope that a number of these students will continue on in the rural fire service once they’ve completed Year 12,” Mr Byrne said.

Stanthorpe Border Post


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