L-R: Bid, Matt

How long have you been a fireman?

I did 3 months of training first and have been volunteering for 3 years.

How do you stay fit?

Mountain biking and training once a week as well as going to the station on Sundays to help clean the truck and tidy up.

Are you married and do you have kids?

I’m only 24! So, no, I’m not married but I do have a girlfriend and we live together.

What has been your most exciting rescue?

I once saved a cat! And there was an article about it in the local Leader newspaper at the time. That’s about my most exciting rescue so far-rescuing people is actually quite rare. I do a lot of first aid.

Do you enjoy your work as a volunteer?

I love it. You have to love it when you’re not being paid. I particularly like driving the truck, wearing the uniform and being able to run red lights!

Can you show me how many push-ups you can do in one minute?

I can do 30!

[Bid says “show me 5 push-ups” and Matt proceeds to get down on the floor and do 5 x push-ups!]

What made you choose to work in aged care?

We had a choice of places like a clinic or hospital but I chose aged care because it’s more flexible and because they don’t mind that I’m pursuing another career while I work here.

How hard is it to get into the fire brigade as a full-time position?

You have to be fit, show teamwork, communication, leadership and that you’re mentally capable too so it’s quite hard.

How long did you have to study to be a physio?

I did 4 years of study for a degree in physiotherapy-2.5 years at university and 1.5 years placement. This is my first job out of uni and I really enjoy it.

What do you do in your spare time, for fun?

I do mountain bike riding and play video games and my girlfriend and I love exploring the Mornington Peninsula on weekends. I’m always looking for new places to try my riding skills.

“You should do ballroom dancing,”says Bid.

“Where would I do that?,”asked Matt

“Find an elderly citizens club and do it there.”