I had to be at the Golden Gates Plaza at 7 to catch the 7:30 Defence Force bus. The bus left at exactly 7:30am. On the first day, when I got on the bus they made me take out my earrings. I didn’t wear them for the rest of the week. They provided us with lunch every day. If we wanted a snack or something to drink, we would simply put on our vests and head to the Exchange (Store). The vests had to be worn because we didn’t have any ID and they don’t want any outsiders walking around on the premises.
On Monday we went through the firefighting manual which was the theory and then later on that day we had to rescue a dummy out of a smoke filled room in teams of threes while on our knees. After the first practical for the firefighting Friday. Friday was part two where we had to extinguish a Class A (Common Combustibles) and Class C (Electrical) fire. We used two kinds of extinguishers, CO2 and Dry Chemical.
Tuesday we were taught First Aid by Petty Officer (PO) Hanna. We did a scenario where there were multiple victims who needed CPR. The one with the most fatal injury was to be tended to first. Wednesday’s session was survival class taught by PO Dean. We were not able to do the survival practical because of construction going on at the base. Thursday was the final day of theory, which was PSST taught by PO Smith.
I had already met all of the teachers before because we started the course in cadets but were not able to finish. There were nine of us all together taking these exams. Everyone passed the exams, but there is one final exam on the last Thursday of this month. This exam, if passed will make me a certified B captain.
Done by: Laron Bethel