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Fire Recruits Put Through Their Paces


[File Photo] Auxiliary firefighter recruits from south-west region complete phase one of their training.

Up and coming auxiliary firefighters have been put through their paces for the past week and a half, ahead of their graduation on Friday.

The QFES is running their Auxiliary Recruit Training and Education Program (ARTEP) at Caloundra.

Station Officer Jason Fothergill said "it's a ten day live in intensive program which consists of a road crash rescue component, a gas fire component, search and rescue and breathing apparatus".

He said the program is an "integral part of the QFES system" so they can plan auxiliary firefighters throughout the state.

Participants conduct gas fire training, which is an intensive two day course.

"They also do breathing apparatus, where they learn search and rescue techniques in smoke and heat filled containers and confined spaces.

Station Officer Fothergill said they also "undertake intensive training in pumps".

There are 12 recruits taking part, some from the Sunshine Coast and Wide Bay Burnett area.

He said they have all done really well and will graduate on Friday. From there they will return to their communities and start work.

By Michelle Price