Civilian fire-fighters get Navy experience

This article has photo gallery Published on LEUT Gary McHugh (author), LSIS Kylie Jagiello (photographer)

Location(s): HMAS Stirling, WA

Topic(s): HMAS Stirling

Members from the Western Australia Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) with instructors from the RAN School of Survivability and Ship Safety - West, HMAS Stirling, Western Australia. (L-R) Able Seaman Boatswains Mate Thomas Stephen, Leading Seaman Marine Technician (MT) James McDougall, Petty Officer Maritime Logistics - Chef David Anderson, DFES Senior Fire Fighter Joshua Duncan-Brown, DFES Manager Urban Capability Adrian Hamill, Petty Officer MT Michael Chenneour, Leading Seaman MT Michael McTernan and Petty Officer Boatswain Liam Apps. (photo: LSIS Kylie Jagiello)
Members from the Western Australia Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) with instructors from the RAN School of Survivability and Ship Safety - West, HMAS Stirling, Western Australia. (L-R) Able Seaman Boatswains Mate Thomas Stephen, Leading Seaman Marine Technician (MT) James McDougall, Petty Officer Maritime Logistics - Chef David Anderson, DFES Senior Fire Fighter Joshua Duncan-Brown, DFES Manager Urban Capability Adrian Hamill, Petty Officer MT Michael Chenneour, Leading Seaman MT Michael McTernan and Petty Officer Boatswain Liam Apps.

Fire-fighters from the Western Australian Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) recently teamed up with the School of Ships’ Survivability and Safety Training Facility – West (RANSSSS TF-W) at HMAS Stirling to hone their maritime fire-fighting skills.

The DFES contingent, consisting of Manager Urban Capability Adrian Hamill and Senior Fire-fighter Josh Duncan-Brown, spent time with a Navy group that was going through their Advanced Combat Survivability course. 

Training Facility Manager Warrant Officer Marine Technician Paul Phillips said this was the first of a series of activities between Navy and DFES to explore the feasibility of closer training ties between the two organisations.

“The DFES representatives attended the fire-fighting component with the scheduled Advanced Combat Survivability Course that was going through the school to see how Navy trains,” he said.

“Senior Fire-fighter Duncan-Brown participated in the delivery of training for practical skills for fighting fires in a marine environment, while Mr Hamill was attending in a supervisory and exercise assessment capacity,” WOMT Phillips said.

The joint training of DFES officers with Navy was an initiative driven by junior personnel, and is a part of Stirling’s regular contribution to the local community and emergency services.

The RANSSSS TF-W is located on the north side of Garden Island and as well as providing the Advanced Combat Survivability Course, it also runs damage control instructor and pre-work up training.