Beaudesert Fire Station to host Scenic Rim recruitment drive

JOIN THE TEAM: Firefighter Simon Joyce says Scenic Rim stations are hoping to recruit community-minded people. Photo: Larraine Sathicq
JOIN THE TEAM: Firefighter Simon Joyce says Scenic Rim stations are hoping to recruit community-minded people. Photo: Larraine Sathicq

BEAUDESERT Fire Station is hosting a Scenic Rim auxilliary firefighter recruitment session from 9am on Saturday, January 18.

Firefighter Simon Joyce said they were hoping to attract community-minded people to join stations across the region.

"The recruitment session will give us the opportunity to show people what we do," he said.

"It will be about more than firefighting - we get called to road traffic accidents more than anything else here, so we will be cutting up a car on the day."

Another session at 6pm on Monday, January 20 would involve a simulated structure fire in a two-storey shipping container, Mr Joyce said.

"We will fill the container with smoke and demonstrate a rescue operation," he said.

Mr Joyce said the ideal recruit would be physically fit with good communication skills, the ability to work in a team and think outside the box.

He said with fire season far from over it was vital to have good people trained and ready to help their communities.

"It's definitely important in times of natural disaster because anyone of us can be deployed at any time.

"In the recent bushfires we had a crews out at Boonah and Canungra. Before Christmas some of the boys went out to Rosewood."

Mr Joyce said he and fellow firefighter Matt Dillon would be on hand to speak with potential candidates for the recruitment drive.

He said they were looking for hard workers, male or female, who were community minded and had solid support from family and employers, with most Scenic Rim firefighters working full time and having to leave their jobs when needed.

New recruits need to pass a fitness test, have an interview and commit to training every Wednesday from 6.30pm to 9.30pm.

"Within 12 months, you need to get a medium rigid vehicle (truck) licence too," Mr Joyce said.