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Friday 21 October 2022 | Written by Caleb Fotheringham | Published in Local


Cook Islands firefighters keep up with New Zealand standard
Puaikura Fire Brigade Station volunteer Tahiti Isaaka (middle right) is accredited with New Zealand Qualifications Authority Unit Standards required of all NZ firefighters. Supplied/22102010

Puaikura volunteer firefighters have been refreshing and practicing their first aid skills over the last three to four months.

Puaikura Fire Brigade station officer Tarina Moorfield said New Zealand firefighters are required to complete New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) unit standards 6400, 6401and 6402 which were offered to the local brigade’s volunteers.

“These unit standards cover patient assessment and management of a variety of medical emergencies. The practical assessments involve various scenarios that test the firefighters’ ability to assess, plan and take the best course of action,” Moorfield said.

Moorfield said maintaining the same training standards as New Zealand keeps the team operating at a high standard.

“Our first responders are trained to a proficient level which makes their skills useful in many emergency situations.”

She said the firefighters’ skills were recently used while assisting Te Marae Ora ambulance staff over the Covid-19 response period.

Moorfield said the volunteers management skills and driving abilities meant they were suited to help in the response.

She said the volunteers were able to participate in the NZQA unit standards because the director of Fire Rescue and First Response New Zealand, Phil Nesbit accredited the firefighters.