Last Wednesday, 21 Bunbury career and volunteer firefighters staged a mock fire in Bunbury tower to put their systems and operating procedures into practice.
Station officer Daryn Rowland told the Mail the single career crew try to get together with the volunteers at least four times a year for complex scenario training.
“The drill at Bunbury Tower gave us a great chance to put our expertise into practice so if we have to do it for real, we know what to expect,” he said.
“Simultaneously we conducted drills where some officers fought the fire, some searched for missing staff, some connected up the building’s complex sprinkler system and everyone testing our communications equipment across the different floors.”
The training scenario took two months to organise with the help of Bunbury Towers owners and the City of Bunbury who allowed the crew to close part of Victoria Street during the night time exercise.
“It’s important to train for realistic threats in unusual places,” Mr Rowland said.
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