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Memorable first callouts

  • Firefighters remember their first callout
  • Firefighters remember their first callout
  • Firefighters remember their first callout
  • Firefighters remember their first callout
  • Firefighters remember their first callout
  • Firefighters remember their first callout
  • Firefighters remember their first callout

By: CFA News

Category: People

  3.43 PM 11 May, 2016


Location: General

Views: 1654

A few weeks ago we asked CFA volunteers to tell us about their first big callout. Some of the responses were incredible, others plain bizarre, and some told of mental or physical challenges.

Some happened 30 years ago, and others just last month.  

For all firefighters it is an occasion where senses are heightened, and all of the talking and training starts to make sense. For others, it’s about really starting to feel like part of a team or the community.

In National Volunteer Week we are celebrating CFA volunteers – and not only those with years of service behind them, but those tackling new experiences and skills for the first time. Among those taking on this learning curve to the benefit of communities are our our newest 16 and 17-year-old operational firefighters, the future of volunteerism.

The quotes in the gallery above were submitted by CFA members via the CFA Members Facebook page.

If you missed them last week, see links below for some of the profile stories in this year’s Volunteer Week series:

Went in green, came back 'very black indeed'

Brady Dunne: 'You couldn't see the ground below you'

Welcome to the CFA: three hour truck fire

Rod Barford: Why didn't I do this 20 years ago? 

Smoke and flames, all before school

First fire call turns into 22-hour school day

Dodgy bloke caught on the hop by first time firey

Last Updated: 11 May 2016