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Faces of CFA: Adam Thompson
What binds CFA members is the common goal to protect lives and property, but you’re a diverse bunch. Every member has a story and Faces of CFA introduces you to just some of those stories.
Adam Thompson, Ocean Grove Fire Brigade
What is your brigade role?
I’m a firefighter.
Why did you join CFA?
To do something that is so rewarding and fulfilling and completely different. I’m following a family tradition as a third-generation firefighter protecting and serving the community, learning valuable skills and working in a very motivated and supportive team and family.
What do you do for a living outside of CFA?
I'm a plant operator and track inspector for V/Line.
How long have you been a member of CFA?
Close to 18 years.
What incident has had the greatest positive impact on you and why?
The most recent one was a call to a residence where the mother of three small children had become ill due to mixing bathroom chemicals and inhaling the fumes.
As I entered another bathroom where the kids were, the first thing they said was, “Oh, look, it's a fireman” with massive smiles on their faces. They were so excited to see a fireman so it was a good distraction to get them out of the house until the issue was resolved.
I still talk about it as one of the best and most fulfilling jobs I've been to in a while.
What are your hobbies?
Fishing, camping, hiking, four-wheel driving and gardening.
What is your favourite thing about CFA?
Having the privilege to respond to incidents and participate in training that is unique to the industry, and being a valuable and respected public figure. I’m working with a great bunch of people and able to help people in need.
What would you say to someone thinking of joining CFA?
There is more to it than putting out fires. Be prepared to work hard and stand by your buddies and, most importantly, remember that you joined to protect and serve the community.
Do you know a CFA member other members would love to read about? Complete this question-and-answer form with them, adding plenty of detail about their time in CFA and the role they play in their community. Please then submit it with a photo so we can feature them as our member of the week.