High quality at local fire station

GET YOUR HAT ON: Regional Commander Mick Shepherd attended the assessment at the Port Pirie MFS station.
GET YOUR HAT ON: Regional Commander Mick Shepherd attended the assessment at the Port Pirie MFS station.

The Whyalla Metropolitan Fire Service (MFS) station is one of the higher quality hubs in the state, following a series of proficiency and audit assessments in the regions.

Whyalla's MFS station was the second cab off the rank in the annual assessments of South Australia's 17 regional stations, and made a good impression on Assistant Chief Fire Officer of Regional Operations Colin Lindsay.

Mr Lindsay said he was "very impressed" with the level of skill shown by the Whyalla firefighters, and assured the community they were in safe hands.

"My takeaway is that the community can be confident that if and when they have a need the MFS Whyalla crew have the skills to support them in their time of need," he said.

The condition of firefighting equipment and appliances were assessed, as was the state of the station and whether any maintenance was required inside the station itself.

"We check if there's any issues with the equipment on the appliances, because that equipment is critical for the fireies to do their job and ensure they're safe at work," Mr Lindsay said.

"The personal protective equipment that the firefighters wear is also critical when they're going into a burning building - they need the confidence that this equipment is going to protect them in that environment.

"We do an inspection there to make sure that gear is fit for purpose."

Firefighters also had to participate in training exercises based on real life scenarios, demonstrating their practical skills in a variety of firefighting environments.

"We put the crew through some individual firefighting skillsets, they demonstrate their abilities in those areas as well," Mr Lindsay said.

The Whyalla crew showed a high level of skill during the assessment, and Mr Lindsay said they had placed themselves in a good position.