The threat of a fire is one of the biggest risks that we work hard to prevent on station. This week the whole station practiced firefighting skills and techniques in a training exercise — a vehicle and gas tank were on fire, with a ‘man down’ patient retrieval.
Everyone on station had an important role to play during the exercise. The Fire Chief and Deputy Fire Chief set up the scenario, a team drove the fire truck and operated the pumps, some team members rolled out the fire hoses, two pairs used breathing apparatus and fire hoses to tackle the fire, and another pair set up the mobile water pump to drain sea water directly from the harbour (unlimited supply!).
Each team responded brilliantly, practicing some of the techniques we learnt in fire training back in Hobart last summer. Team work in action!