Volunteer Fire Fighters undergo
rigorous training to ensure that they are able to control any situation.
The training takes place at the Brixton Training School, and includes
A Volunteer Fire Fighting Team
Participates in a "Flame Bend" Exercise. The purpose of the
exercise is for the team to get close enough to the LP gas nozzle to
shut it off without extinguishing the flames. Should the flame be
extinguished, it will result in large amounts of unignited gas being
released into the air, creating a potentially deadly explosion hazard.
Rescuers work quickly to free the driver trapped inside
this mangled vehicle.
Fire fighters are required to
undergo testing for a variety of phobias, particularly claustrophobia
(an irrational fear of closed spaces). Here Volunteer trainees are put
through the paces in a series of underground pipes, somewhere beneath
Teamwork is an essential aspect in
the Emergency Services. In this picture Volunteer trainees have to carry
an "injured" team member to safety. The only light they saw
during this exercise was the flash from the camera.
No matter what the conditions are
like (or the smell!), members of the Emergency Services are required to
function at their peak performance at all times. In this picture
Volunteer trainees had to crawl through stagnant water, knee deep mud,
tied together, in under 60 seconds.
To learn more about the qualifications,
equipment and vehicles used by the Volunteers, click on one of the