For any local teenager who’s dreamed of becoming a firefighter, now’s your chance — Cobram Fire Brigade is introducing a junior program.
The Cobram Junior Fire Brigade is now recruiting young people aged 11 to 15 for its junior volunteer development program.
One of six junior brigade leaders, volunteer firefighter Evan Maidment said it was a great opportunity for kids to get involved in an activity.
‘‘Now we’ve moved into our new building, we’ve got the space and facilities to run such a program,’’ Mr Maidment said.
‘‘They’ll be doing similar to what the senior brigade does, they just won’t turn out for fires.
‘‘They’ll learn basic firefighting skills and learn how to work as a team.’’
Mr Maidment said junior firefighters would also develop their firefighting skills and knowledge, learn how to bowl a hose, familiarise themselves with protective clothing and equipment and a fire truck, as well as learning basic fire safety.
The team will also have camps and excursions, including to Melbourne.
As well as traditional-style training, leaders also plan to have fun sessions such as trips to the movies and trivia nights.
They’re also hoping to develop a junior running team to compete in championships across the region and state.
‘‘It’s something a bit different for the kids to get involved with if they don’t want to do other activities like Scouts or other groups,’’ Mr Maidment said.
‘‘It also gives them a chance to be part of something in the community.’’
He said the brigade was hopeful the junior volunteers would continue their training and once they turn 16, join the senior brigade and increase its volunteer numbers.
The team will be training on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month.
Cobram Fire Brigade also hopes to develop a senior running team for competitions.
It is also calling for senior volunteers to join the group.
●Information and sign-up sessions will be held on Sunday, February 26 and Sunday, March 5 at 4pm at the Cobram Fire Station, Colgan St. To register interest in the sessions, email [email protected] or phone Evan on 0458948500.