Part-time firefighters key to Port Pirie firefighting success

CARE: Troy Whelan, front left, with Rhustie Adona and Bradley Mummery. SA MFS Commander, Noel Dodd, back left, with John Malycha, Greg Phillips, Ben Mumford, Shane Davey, Leigh Stephens and Wade Kammermann.
CARE: Troy Whelan, front left, with Rhustie Adona and Bradley Mummery. SA MFS Commander, Noel Dodd, back left, with John Malycha, Greg Phillips, Ben Mumford, Shane Davey, Leigh Stephens and Wade Kammermann.

The backbone of any South Australian Metropolitan Fire Service crew is its retained firefighters according to regional commander, Noel Dodd.

At the Port Pirie MFS station, the situation is no different.

Port Pirie MFS currently employs 12 retained firefighters who support the full-time firefighters in the line of duty.

A retained firefighter is trained to the same risk and safety standards as a permanent officer but is only employed on a part-time basis.

Commander Dodd said a strong retained firefighter base is crucial to both supporting the workload of full-time firefighters and the community.

New Port Pirie retained firefighter Rhustie Adona could not speak highly enough of his new opportunity.

“I was friends with a few of the station officers here in Port Pirie and they encouraged me to apply, they thought I would be good at it and I wanted to help the community,” Mr Adona said.

“It is a very rewarding and challenging role.”

As a part of his ongoing training, he recently completed his breathing apparatus training. He came second in the course and encouraged anyone who was interested in firefighting to challenge themselves. 

“Go for it, you never know what you can achieve,” he said.

“Just give it a go.”

Go for it, you never know what you can achieve. Just give it a go.

New Port Pirie Metropolitan Fire Service retained firefighter recruit, Rhustie Adona

Commander Dodd said that the station was set to open more retained firefighter positions and encouraged anyone who was interested to apply.

“There is no particular background that retained firefighters come from,” Commander Dodd said.

“We have people from printing businesses, school teachers, equipment servicing backgrounds and police officers.

“We’re after people who are community-minded, who are team players, people who are willing to commit the time required to be a productive member of the Port Pirie crew.

“But most of all we are after people who are dedicated to the cause.”

He praised the Port Pirie community saying that without their support, retained firefighters would not be able to protect the community.

Anyone interested in applying to become a retained firefighter is encouraged to contact the Port Pirie station and apply online.