Army and Air Force firefighting students are the newest graduates to complete their training at RAAF Security and Fire School.  

However, the road to graduation was not without some unexpected hurdles. 

Because of a delay in refurbishment of the school’s fire ground, training grounds were unsuitable for final assessments.

Airservices Australia came to the rescue by hosting the final assessment phase of the course at its Coolangatta airport facility. 

Without this offer of support, ADF firefighters would not have been able to achieve critical practical assessment components of their training. 

Course Coordinator Sergeant James Woodberry said the training prepared students in the most realistic way.

“Training at Coolangatta gave them exposure to fuel-controlled fires, which is the closest we can get to simulate a real aircraft fire,” Sergeant Woodberry said.

The school’s chief instructor Squadron Leader Kevin Auld said both organisations identified opportunities for development and were keen to foster this working relationship in the future. 

“Airservices have provided not only a way for us to ensure training continued within COVID-19 constraints, but also an outstanding opportunity to benchmark our training, ensuring we provide the best possible ADF firefighters,” Squadron Leader Auld said.