The young men from Katherine Academy were recently asked what they wanted to do for work when they completed school. Needless to say, firefighter was a popular choice for many.
So when the boys had the opportunity to visit the local Fire and Rescue station in November, they started asking questions such as ‘Can we ride in the fire truck’ and ‘Can we jump down the fireman’s pole?’
The boys soon realised that being a firefighter isn’t all fun and games.
During the visit, the boys were put through their paces over a number of challenging obstacle course-style activities which saw them carry heavy hydraulic rescue tools (aka the jaws of life), drag a 50kg dummy and carry a relay firehose – all tasks real firefighters do on a daily basis.
To top it all off, the boys battled it out in a tough push-up competition where they were required to wear the complete firefighters uniform, webbing and oxygen tank.
It was a stark reality check but also a great chance to show the boys what they could achieve physically and mentally when they were challenged.
Katherine Academy would like to thank Leading Fireman Garry Branson and his team at Katherine Fire and Rescue for showing the boys what it takes to become the best of the best!