Seven new firefighters passed their final assessment at the Bungendore Showground on Saturday the 24th of August. New firefighters undergo training for the Bush Firefighter qualification. After classroom instruction, theoretical tests and practice exercises, candidates move on to an assessment. The assessment has firefighters responding to live fire as part of a crew and is monitored by qualified (the RFS is a registered training organisation) assessors.The qualification provides transferable, national units of competence.

The live fire was provided by lighting areas of long grass at the Bungendore showground, with the additional benefit of reducing the fire risk around the showgrond. The pictures below show how intense the resulting fire became.

Bungendore is a Village II brigade. Our new bush firefighters will now move on the Village Firefighter qualification next year: buildings, cars and gas.

Bungendore also had one firefighter pass the Advanced Firefighter assessment on the day. Advanced firefighters have to show their ability to operate on the fireground without supervision, reading the fire behaviour and aiding other crew members.