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Junior firefighters experience hot fire training
On Sunday 5 June, Traralgon junior firefighters, with the help of career staff and volunteers, set off to train at VEMTC West Sale.
It was an early start and quite wet and cold, but this was no deterrent with all Juniors on time and raring to go. On arrival we started with our safety briefing and moved on to a refresher on fire extinguisher theory and the internal workings of an extinguisher.
The group split into two one headed out to the extinguisher PAD and the other to the search and rescue building. On the extinguisher PAD the Juniors had the opportunity to use different types of fire extinguishers to put out fires in a well-controlled environment. Everyone got to have a go before changing over with the other group.
In the search and rescue building, the Juniors donned black-out goggles and went in search of casualities, realising quickly the importance of remembering where you came from! With left and right hand searching underway they were quick to find the missing victims and remove them from the 'The Fulham Hotel'. Unfortunately, the casualties were fast to re-enter the building hiding this time, the Juniors were fast in searching again, this time no goggles just in the dark to bring them back to safety again.
They encountered low doorways, tunnels, stairs and small rooms in a maze-like situation with low to no visibility. They did a fantastic job.
We then headed outside in the rain to fight the fires that had been set up by the PAD operators at the petrol station. Each member had the opportunity to put out the car fire operating the branch with the support of our career staff and volunteers. As the session went on we slowly increased the size and intensity of the fires and the Juniors did a great job keeping them under control and putting them out.
To finish the day we had a group photo in front of the gas bullet well alight!
We headed back the fire station where the on-duty staff had prepared a well-earned barbecue lunch, which we all enjoyed together telling stories of the activities of the day.
Thank you to everyone who made this experience possible for our Juniors, especially those who did it in their own time!