FIREFIGHTERS from Kooralbyn and Rathdowney gave up their Saturday to take part in an eight-hour swift water rescue course last weekend.
The seven male and two female firefighters met at the Kooralbyn fire station for the course delivered by Rosewood fire captain Trevor Meier and Gold Coast QFES station officer Monty Damon.
Mr Meier said the swift water training would enable the local firefighters to manage rescue operations in emergency situations similar to what happened during cyclone Debbie when floodwaters isolated the Kooralbyn Valley and made some areas of the town inaccessible to emergency service personnel.
"The training includes land-based scenarios that will enhance their capability to support a level 2 rescue," he said.
"In situations where resources are tied up and / or the town is cut off because of floodwaters, we need to ensure local brigades have the capability to manage.
"We want as many auxilliary firefighters trained up in this area as we can."
Also present for the training day was auxilliary catering support officer Caroline Rasmussen who provided sustenance for the firies throughout the day.
After the land based training, the group went to The International School Kooralbyn, where they jumped in the swimming pool fully clothed to practise water rescue techniques.