Cooma's new recruits

Three new firefighters have joined the ranks at the NSW Fire and Rescue unit in Cooma.

Ryan Morgan, Adam O'Reilly and Charles Quodling are the latest recruits to join the the team.

They recently completed eight days of intensive training in Sydney where they learned all areas of firefighting.

Already Mr O'Reilly has attended a number of callouts.

There are 19 staff altogether including a captain, two deputy captains and two engine keepers.

Mr O'Reilly is an electrician and has his own business, and said firefighting was something he had always wanted to do.

"I've always had a passion to help the community," he said.

Both Mr Morgan, who works in retail, and Mr Quodling, a landscape gardener who runs his own business, shared his sentiments.

Cooma Fire and Rescue NSW captain Chris Reeks said the men were recruited after one member resigned.

He said the unit was already understaffed and they were planning to recruit two new members but because of the quality of applicants the zone commander decided to increase it to three.

Captain Reeks said the candidates needed to have local knowledge, display keenness, be able to work in a team and be available when called. The men will work as retained firefighters and will be 'on call' from home or work and respond to emergencies 24 hours a day.

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