Crash course for firefighters

Last updated 12:00 18/07/2013
MURRAY WILSON/FAIRFAX NZ

Linton Army Base crash rescue fire training exercise.

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Defence Force firefighters in training were faced with a horror situation - the twisted wrecks of a two-vehicle collision, multiple injuries and people trapped.

The scenario is among many the 16 army and air force recruits partaking in a 13-week firefighter training course at Linton Military Camp will face this week, as they learn how to deal with car crashes and removing people from them.

Senior station officer Jemal Weston, one of the fire service trainers, said the trainees had been working up to this week's technical T-bone crash rescue in small steps, learning how to use the rescue tools one item at a time.

Now in week 10 of the course, trainees will be qualified firefighters when it is finished.

Four of the graduates will be based at Linton Military Camp, and two at Ohakea Air Force Base.

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- Manawatu Standard

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