Moree Fire Station welcomed its newest recruit Warren Clark this week after the newcomer donned the yellow fire jacket on Monday.
“It feels good [to be at Moree],” Mr Clark said.
“I’ve been very busy since I came here. The boys have also been good to me and shown me around town.”
The husband and father of two made the move to Moree on the back of more than six years at Tamworth Fire Station, where he worked as a retained firefighter.
“I went down to Alexandria in Sydney to do 14 weeks of training and then I was transferred to Moree to work as a permanent firefighter,” Mr Clark said.
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The family man said that he was determined to serve and protect Moree, as he would expect any fire fighter to do in his position.
“If my family was caught in a [fire] situation I would want to be able to help them or know that help is out there for them.
Although Mr Clark has only just landed in Moree, he already has big plans for the town.
“What I value is fire safety education. I look forward to pushing out that message and teaching the community,” he said.
Tamworth Fire Station commander Glenn Willsallen visited the local fire station on Thursday to welcome the newcomer.
“The training that Warren completed in Sydney not only enhanced his skills, but gave him the tools necessary to provide the best service in his function as a firefighter,” he said.
Although Mr Willsallen has only worked alongside the firefighter for a brief 12 months at Tamworth, he said the former retained firefighter captain was more than up to the job.
“I’ve been known to call him a once-in-a-generation captain. He is dedicated, honest and trustworthy. He is able to bring those years of experience and emergency and non-emergency roles to Moree, as well as his experience in the core role as captain.”