JUST after 9.30am, we meet firefighters Steve Attard, Mark Brislane and Tim Holland at the Derrimut Road station.
On duty since 8am, they won't clock off until 6pm, and are part of the C crew, one of five rotating shifts called on to work two days and two 14-hour nights. Although they are career firefighters, the station also has a team of volunteers ready to be called upon.
The weather is overcast and with it brings hopes of a quiet day.
During a quick tour of the station, Mr Holland says if they get a call, they have 90 seconds to get dressed in their gear and be on their way to the job.
"We drop everything," he says. "Often we don't even have time to finish a conversation. As soon as the front door comes down, the whole station automatically goes into shutdown mode. Everything switches off."
They have an obligation to be on scene within eight minutes. The crew attends an average of more 1200 calls a year, most of these both structure and grassfires, responding to alarms, or motor vehicle collisions. By 10.20am, as the officers are finishing morning tea, a call comes through and they spring into action.
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