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21 July, 2021

Crews put to the test

Fire and Rescue crews from throughout north and central Queensland were put through their paces at a mock emergency scenario at the Mackay Entertainment and Convention Centre yesterday. The crews were preparing for large scale training for personnel from throughout the state which was planned to take place during the next 18 months.

By Jacob Cumner

Fire and Rescue crews from throughout north and central Queensland were put through their paces at a mock emergency scenario at the Mackay Entertainment and Convention Centre yesterday.

The crews were preparing for large scale training for personnel from throughout the state which was planned to take place during the next 18 months.

The pinnacle of the training will take place at either Suncorp Stadium or Boondall Entertainment Centre in Brisbane.

Acting Inspector Cam Thomas said that this was massive for all the participants taking part in the activities with training going for over 18 months.

“We have three gentlemen from Mackay, one from Gladstone and one from up in Cairns that are participating in the scenario today” he said.

“In this scenario, officers were poised to tackle a relatively large fire in a major building.



“The officers had to prove that they could handle the scene to proceed to the promotional course.

Acting Superintendent and Director of Regional Operations Brad Stockwell said yesterday’s validation was just a demonstration of young fire fighters skill sets, before they were assessed.

“It is important that our front line workers are well trained well versed and can manage incidents like this,” Acting Supt Stockwell said.


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