The Indigenous Employment Command and the NTFRS Volunteer Training Support Unit recently collaborated to provide an introduction to Police, Fire and Rescue roles and responsibilities to the Defence Indigenous Development Students at Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education.
The students were split into two groups. Group one was led by Acting Station Officer Jim Dalton and the Batchelor FERG Station was the venue. Students were given an introduction to daily station duties including the vehicle, equipment and pump checks before trying their hand at some Firefighting and pump drills.
Group two were introduced to policing by Senior Aboriginal Community Police Officers Lisa Burkenhagen and Ronnie Roberts. The Officers talked about the relationship that ACPOs form with members of the public by communicating and genuinely caring about those they come into contact with.
The Officers talked about their accoutrements and discussed the training involved in learning to use each one. This was followed by a demonstration of random breath testing. All students were given the opportunity to demonstrate a breath test on a fellow student and members of the faculty, including the correct verbal dialogue Police use when applying a test to members of the public.
The ACPOS advised of the reasons why we have traffic laws and introduced students to the speed LIDAR. The participants energetically took to the field to try the LIDAR on traffic, each other, ride on lawn mowers and people walking by. This provided entertainment for participants, Lisa, Ronnie and the Batchelor Institute staff.
Engagement activities like these are the key to inspiring Indigenous people who want to become volunteers or are considering employment within the Tri-Service.
It is envisaged more Come and Try days will be organised in remote communities in the near future and staff at the Indigenous Employment Command hope to collaborate with NTFRS and NTES wherever possible to ensure the Tri-Service is represented as an employer of choice in Indigenous communities.