AFN67 FEBRUARY 06
EXCELLENT FACILITIES HELP TRAINEES
SGT TIM HUNT
November saw the conclusion of the third Intermediate Fire Fighters Course for 2005 at Linton Military Camp’s Joint Services Fire Training School. The course, from 10 October to 25 November, included 17 Army and Air Force personnel, from Linton, Waiouru, Auckland, Ohakea, Woodbourne and Burnham.
Students agreed that the course offered excellent training facilities and, in particular, the Hot Fire Training aspect left a lasting impression and gave valuable experience.
The ‘Best Intermediate Fire Fighter Award’ went to AC Nick Symonds who, according to SME Chief Instructor MAJ Don Jones, ‘showed a strong sense of support for his peers, performed well in his practical and theoretical tasks and ability with his fire-fighting skills.’
AC Symonds says he enjoyed the hot fire training facility in Christchurch, where the trainee fire fighters came face-to-face with a burning aeroplane and helicopter.
All students were complimented on their involvement, the fact that they pushed themselves and the limits to see the job done, and that they actively took part and did not simply ‘attend’.
This was also the final course for Senior Fire Instructor Daz FS Horsley, who will return to Ohakea, after four years at Linton Military Camp, to take up the position of Deputy Fire Master. He told the students he was impressed by their ability and congratulated them on completing the course. He said they all had a sound grounding and skills they could use during the next level of their training.
AC Nick Symonds, left, receives the ‘Best Intermediate Fire Fighter Award’ from MAJ Don Jones, Chief Instructor with SME.