Firefighters: The men and women who risk their lives to save by Gary McKay

By Gary McKay

At 12.32 a.m. on Friday 23 June 2000, the Childers auxiliary brigade obtained a 000 name announcing that the Palace Backpacker Hostel at seventy two Churchill highway was once on hearth ...The first truck pulled up in entrance of the hostel 5 mins after the hearth name was once despatched. It was once a dramatic scene. Occupants have been streaming out of the burning construction, and the Childers staff have been dealing with an important hearth with restricted resources.Firefighters takes an unflinching examine what it capacity to do the hugely risky activity of saving lives from hearth. it really is drawn from interviews with over 50 firefighters-from the recent recruit at the station residence flooring to the realm director dealing with millions of hectares of local Queensland. jointly, the firies recount their own stories, together with the rigorous recruit education and choice application, the hard rescue of motor twist of fate sufferers, and the extinguishing of condominium and construction fires-caused by way of arsonists, gasoline explosions or just the careless shedding of a cigarette.Often facing the annoying losses of lives, houses and worldly possessions, those women and men face peril every day. This publication tells of the professionalism, braveness and commitment of the firefighters who position their lives at the line at any time when the alarm bell rings.CHRISTMAS 2001 BUSHFIRE attraction FUNDAllen + Unwin will donate $1 to the Christmas 2001 Bushfire charm Fund for each reproduction of Firefighters offered.

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Week 8 of the course sees the recruits putting many of their newfound skills into practice and they spend days going through drills and techniques for extinguishing fires where propane or LPG gas containers are on fire. One of the most dangerous situations a firefighter can confront is a boiling liquid expanding vapour explosion (BLEVE) fire. 28 RECRUIT TRAINING Firefighters txt SD 29/11/01 11:15 AM Page 29 It is dangerous because it is difficult to determine just how much of the liquid, such as LPG, has been vented from the fire scene and what stage of meltdown or disintegration the containers might be at when the firies arrive.

After several minutes, and once their trucks were rolling, they were recalled to the lecture room. Each practice turnout drill is followed by a debriefing, which is conducted in no uncertain terms. Then the recruits have to conduct a critical self-examination of what went right and wrong. In this case almost every crew got the address for the fire call wrong, as they failed to stop and listen to the PA system and then double check the address given. In their haste they had created waste—and if it had been for real, it might have been waste of life or property.

It is a coveted prize and Ian was obviously proud of his team’s efforts. During the five days of RAR training, the recruits are given the theory behind what has to be done on arriving at a road accident: the correct procedure to reduce the likelihood of further damage and additional accidents, plus the tools, the other procedures and the dangers. Graphic still and video footage provided by commercial television stations allows the recruits to see what carnage they may be faced with and the best way to deal with certain situations.

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