Australian Firefighter On Fellowship With Santa Monica Fire Department

Sunday, 4 May 2014, 7:33:00 AM

Mitch James

The Santa Monica Fire Department is serving as a host to Australian firefighter Michael Yates.
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The Santa Monica Fire Department is serving as a host to Australian firefighter Michael Yates.

An Australian firefighter has begun a fellowship that lasts the month of May with the Santa Monica Fire Department’s Training Division.

The firefighter is Station Officer, Michael Yates, from the Queensland Fire and Emergency Services Australia.

Yates is the current Recruit Course Coordinator with the combined Emergency Services Academy in Brisbane, Queensland.

His focus of study and research is the American Fire Service Training methods and processes. 

He will work in the SMFD Training Division and eventually have the

opportunity

to visit with the Los Angeles City Fire Department, Los Angeles County

Fire Department, and the Beverly Hills, and Culver City Fire

Departments.

Officer Yates’ fellowship is an internationally competitive, merit-based scholarship provided by the

Australian Government

that supports citizens from eligible countries to undertake study,

research and professional development in Australia, and for Australians

to undertake these programs overseas.

The program provides

various study and professional opportunities.

Yates served in stations in the far North West and the Sunshine

coast of Queensland Australia as a firefighter and then a junior officer

before commencing as a trainer at the academy.

He is now the senior

instructor and holds competences as a heavy vehicle

driver trainer, road crash rescue instructor, electrical de-energizing

instructor as well as full competencies in all facets of basic

firefighter training.

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