EMERALD'S Ethan Harrold has been named top of the Central Queensland class of new auxiliary firefighters.
The 15 graduates from across the region have been training with their brigades and have completed two weeks of basic training that qualifies them to fight structural and wild fires.
The auxiliary recruit training and education program forms part of the certificate II in firefighting operations and is a necessary requirement to be allowed on call-outs.
Dux of this year's course was 19-year-old Ethan.
An apprentice carpenter, he joined the volunteer fire brigade two years ago while in Year 12.
"I joined up to help out around the station and to make sure I wanted to do it," he said.
Ethan's dream to be a firefighter stemmed from wanting to support his community but, when probed, he admitted that the adrenalin rush was a huge factor.
"I like to live on the edge … I'm someone who'll always take things that one step further if there's danger involved," he said.
Course co-ordinator Captain Gary Dobbs, from Biloela station, said Ethan was chosen as 2012 dux by four trainers based on his performance in the field.
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