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Faces of CFA: Jesse Templeton
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.
Jesse Templeton, Belgrave Fire Brigade
What is your brigade role?
Why did you join CFA?
I joined CFA because my whole family has been involved since before I was born. When I was 11, I was so ecstatic about joining the junior brigade; I couldn't wait to finally become an actual firefighter.
When I was 16, after what felt like forever, I finally put on yellows and have been involved with my brigade as much as I could be. I've been an active firefighter since.
What do you do outside CFA?
I'm a VCE student currently doing Year 12.
How long have you been a member of CFA?
I've been a member since 2010, holding the rank of junior until 2015 before becoming a brigade member and then firefighter as of July 2016.
What incident has had the greatest positive impact on you and why?
The day of severe winds in October which lead to numerous calls in a short time. I was able to learn how to cope with the stress being on a truck involves and responding to aid the public. The jobs I had that day also showed me how more senior firefighters are able to run jobs so smoothly, and I saw what was required to be a good firefighter and officer in charge and incident controller.
What are your hobbies?
My hobbies include music, woodworking and gaming and, of course, CFA.
What is your favourite thing about CFA?
It’s having people around you who are almost your own family, going up for training and responding to jobs and being able to have a good time with the people around you. There’s always such an amazing atmosphere whenever I've been involved with any CFA event, training, jobs, public interactions or social nights. I've always been accepted and looked out for around my CFA family.
What would you say to someone thinking of joining CFA?
Go for it! If you want to give to the community, definitely sign up to be a volunteer. It's such a rewarding job and the experience and training you get out of it is second to none.
The outstanding feature about volunteer firefighters is the mix of backgrounds and cultures everyone is from and how you are able to work as a team successfully in stressful situations. It's such an amazing experience.