Firies sharpen skills

PERFECT weather heralded a weekend of skills and drills for firefighters across the south east.

Fourteen teams of permanent, auxiliary and rural firefighters joined forces to respond to a wide range of emergency incidents.

This was just a taste of the camaraderie and dedication they demonstrate daily.

Held at Cahill Park in Gatton, the two-day event saw teams from the Gold Coast to Toogoolawah going head to head.

Acting Area Director for Ipswich, Corey Bock, said there were a few medals handed out as well as a special presentation.

“We had a truck handover to Murphys Creek who lost all three trucks during the floods and were replaced with three new ones,” Act Area Director Bock said.

“We also handed out some diligent and ethical service medals as well as five national medals to commemorate firefighters who have devoted five years of service,” he said.

After a hectic year, Inspector/Area Commander (Lockyer and Somerset Command), Aerron Patterson, reflected on how his new job was going 12 weeks in.

“I look after emergency services in the area which includes nine auxiliary stations,” Inspector Patterson said.

“[The event] is all about learning new skills and honing old ones.

“From ladder drills to hitting a target with a hose, and penalty points can be taken off if they don't follow the book.”


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