Training fires interest in volunteering

Nicolette BarbasHarvey-Waroona Reporter
The newest group of volunteer firefighters.
Camera IconThe newest group of volunteer firefighters.

Volunteer firefighters from as young as 15 years of age took part in a two-day training course last weekend at the Leschenault Volunteer Bush Fire Brigade station.

Volunteer firefighter Max Van Weert organised the weekend which involved training the newest group of firefighters and cadets from various brigades in the shire.

The 18 volunteers were taught a range of basics which included drills, a run down on the safety equipment found inside the tankers, how to use and set up hoses and how to operate respirators.

Four volunteer trainers from the shire brigade Paul David Reynolds, Nick Papalia, Wayne Jackson and Todd Verral gave up their weekend to run the course.

Parent and volunteer firefighter Jeremy Gunson said the determination from the younger students was admirable.

“We had quite a large turn out of cadets which was surprising as the average age group for fireys is generally people in their 40s,” Mr Gunson said.

“It was great to see a large group of young members eager to learn.”

“We’ve had a great two days of training and are looking forward to seeing the young cadets put their new skills to good use.”

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