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Unpredictable working days for Rocky firefighter Dean Bauer

ON DISPLAY: Leading aviation firefighter Dean Bauer shows Birch Carroll and Coyle Cinema general manager Rominesh Ayre a fire truck that will be at the premiere of Planes 2.
ON DISPLAY: Leading aviation firefighter Dean Bauer shows Birch Carroll and Coyle Cinema general manager Rominesh Ayre a fire truck that will be at the premiere of Planes 2. Chris Ison Rokctruck

WHEN Dean Bauer hears the alarm scream he only has 30 seconds to throw on his heavy gear and get his truck moving.

He could be speeding towards a fire or off to save someone's life.

It's all in a days work for Dean, who's a fire fighter stationed at the Rockhampton Airport.

"First aid calls are quite regular and can range everywhere from needing a bandaid to full cardiac arrest," Dean said.

"It's the not knowing that keeps you on your toes; we're ready to go at the alarm's ring."

Dean, 29, hasn't always been a fire fighter. After spending a few years as a HPE teacher in Rockhampton he was looking for a change.

So when a friend suggested he join the firies he jumped at the chance, and hasn't looked back.

Dean did 12 months of intense training to become a fire fighter and loves every minute of the job.

"We have long days starting at 6am and going through to 9.40pm; we're here to cover every movement of the airlines," the father-of-three said.

"We also cover automatic fire alarms at the airport and we're the first point of call for first aid."

With any spare time throughout their shift, they are doing rescue training, hitting the gym or inspecting their equipment to ensure their ready to go at an instant.

"You might be having breakfast and the bell goes off, you have to drop everything and go," Dean said.

"I always looked at it and thought if we have a quiet day, then everyone else has had a good day."




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