ON THE FRONT LINE: Monto Auxiliary firefighters Tim Haigh, Justin Hiscock, Martin Harm and Ashley Newson with Inspector Craig Lovell.
ON THE FRONT LINE: Monto Auxiliary firefighters Tim Haigh, Justin Hiscock, Martin Harm and Ashley Newson with Inspector Craig Lovell. Contributed

Monto fireys on the lookout for new recruits

WHEN everything is as it should be in Monto, Marty Harm is a teacher aide at Monto State High School.

But when something goes wrong and people need urgent help, he is Captain Harm, leading the Monto Auxiliary firefighters into the breach.

"It's something different to my normal work life, it's quite exciting,” Mr Harm said.

"You're serving the community.”

Mr Harm, who has been in the auxiliary for more than 20 years, said joining the crew was both a "team- and morale-boosting” job.

They train together once a week and share weekend duties on a roster.

They also compete in competitions together and Monto is renowned across QFES's North Coast region for the quality of its competitors.

The auxiliary fireys also help educate their community about fire safety.

"I enjoy it,” Mr Harm said.

The auxiliary is looking for four additional firefighters to join the six active members.

North Burnett Area Commander Kent Freeman said it had been a while since there had been a Monto recruitment drive.

"We're keeping on the front foot,” he said.

To become an auxiliary firefighter, applicants must be a minimum of 18 years old, be an Australian or New Zealand citizen or permanent resident, have held a manual C-class drivers licence for at least a year or a manual medium rigid licence, and have an employer's written consent to attend incidents and emergencies.

If interested, contact the Gayndah Command on 4140 8010 or contact QFES Talent Acquisition at Talent.Acquisition@qfes.qld.gov.au.


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