Queensland Fire and Rescue Service graduates John Blanchfield, Quinn Cramer and Brent Richardson are ready to put their training to use in Rockhampton.
Queensland Fire and Rescue Service graduates John Blanchfield, Quinn Cramer and Brent Richardson are ready to put their training to use in Rockhampton. Chris Ison

New recruit Quinn making firsts

SHE'S a petite brunette, but she's fiery in more ways than one.

Quinn Cramer made firefighting history this week when she became Rockhampton's first female firie.

The 28-year-old was one of six women from a class of 27 to graduate as Queensland Fire and Rescue Service's newest recruits.

Fellow Rocky recruits John Blanchfield, 36, and Brent Richardson, 37, joined Quinn at Rockhampton Fire Station after QFRS' intense 78-day course.

They agreed Quinn gave as good as she got from her all-male team.

And while she never considered gender might hinder her chances to achieve her goal, she joked her short height was a concern.

"They treated everyone the same (during the course)," she said. "You do all the same training, there was no special treatment."

The former Bundaberg auxiliary firefighter and Target manager brushed off any mention she was a role model - for the most part.

"No. I think I'm a role model to Blanchie and Richo," Quinn said with a cheeky smile. "But if my being here encourages others to be involved than that's great."

She said she was inspired to become a firefighter by her friend's father, who was also a firie.

It took years of applications, medical, fitness and psychological tests, and a great deal of patience, for the three recruits to finally become firefighters.

"It's just different," Brent, who worked as an electrical technician, said. "You're always learning."

John, a former sales manager, encouraged anyone who was considering a career in firefighting to do it.



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