New graduate Joshua Hindle with Rett Howe and Mark Hilton at Silverwater Fire Station.
WITH a handful of shifts already under his red braces, newly commissioned firefighter Joshua Hindle says he is enjoying his first station assignment at Silverwater.
Along with 25 other recruits, he graduated from the Fire and Rescue NSW (FRNSW) State Training Centre at Alexandria last month and is gradually getting used to station life.
The 28-year-old admitted that being at the station for 24 hours on a shift takes a bit of getting used to, describing it as a bit like being in an "odd sort of share house".
"We cook food, clean the trucks, get the equipment ready to go and answer calls," he said.
"So far most of the calls have been automatic fire alarms and a pretty minor car crash, and luckily no-one was hurt."
It was while he was living in Melbourne about five years ago that he started considering a career as a firefighter, and says it was the idea of working closely within a team that appealed to him the most.
"When I got my first office job outside of uni, I did a year of that and started realising that was not what I wanted to do," he said.
"I was working a lot on my own and I wanted something more, and helping the community is really satisfying."