The following media statement was published by the City of Greater Geraldton this afternoon:

Volunteer bush fire fighters learn the skills required to put out bush fires - City of Greater Geraldton

Volunteer bush fire fighters learn the skills required to put out bush fires

New bushfire brigade volunteers are well on their way to developing the skills and knowledge to keep our community safe after recently completing courses to become firefighters.

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In early June, seven volunteers took part in a two-day course to learn about fire theory, fire-ground safety, the hand tools of firefighting and the onsite management hierarchy during an incident.

City of Greater Geraldton Mayor Shane Van Styn said the courses were part of the City’s management of the Bushfire Brigades and their volunteers.

“There are ten Bush Fire Brigades located throughout the City region that the City manages and supports by providing ongoing practical firefighting exercises and training certification,” he said.

“At the end of July, our newest volunteers will undertake the last of their training which involves understanding fuel loads, burn strategies, suppression techniques and fire truck safety features.

“Once their training is complete, they will have achieved certification as a Level 1 Volunteer Firefighter and will be able to join their local Bushfire brigades as competent fire fighters.”

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Anyone considering becoming a Bush Fire Brigade volunteer is urged to contact their local brigade for more information.  To actively fight fires volunteers must be physically fit and those under the age of 18 require parental consent, however there are also a variety of support roles in each brigade that can be filled by people of all ages and abilities.

Bushfire Brigade contact details are available on the City website

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