We are a long way from the mainland to ask for help if we were to ever need it. We’re not too concerned as we are extremely focused on ‘prevention’, however if something did happen we’ve all received a substantial amount of search and rescue, and fire response training.
Everyone based on station attended a 6 day fire response training course at TasFire — Hobart before departing for Macquarie Island. To ensure we are ready to act in the unlikelihood of a small fire on station, we have a fire team rostered on 24/7 and conduct regular drills and training scenarios. The team is usually unaware of what these training scenarios involve until the last minute, but as soon as that fire alarm rings across station everyone acts swiftly and efficiently. Our first drill for the new team was held last week and the response was excellent. It took just 12 minutes from the time the alarm sounded to the end of the scenario. A great result.
We take the drills very seriously but when all of the equipment is packed up and the team stand down, there’s always something to have a good laugh about.