Brad gets the call
IT'S one of the most coveted jobs in the emergency services, so when a rare opening came up in the Gympie fire station, auxiliary firefighter Brad Izod finally scored a spot in the ranks.
Coincidentally, he is now on the same crew as his recruitment course instructor Tony Scott.
Officer Izod is currently in a probationary period, but he's well on his way to cementing his place at the station.
Scott, a senior firefighter, said Mr Izod was one of the top students in the recruitment course, having won an award for receiving top marks for the roadside crash rescue module.
That was considered a big asset for the Gympie station as road crashes continued to be the most common reason for call-outs.
Mr Izod was one of 28 recruits put through a four-month intensive course, described as being similar to an army bootcamp.
He's been on the job at the Gympie station since the beginning of the year and has already been involved in a couple of big jobs, including the homestead fire at Lady Mary Tce, in which he played a pivotal part in extinguishing the fire.
Officer in charge Grant Feeney summed it up when he said thousands of people applied to be firefighters but positions were rare because "once in the job, you are in it for life until you retire".