WHEN Mark Ferguson was a child he remembers fondly watching firefighters go through their paces thinking that hopefully one day he could pull on that sacred uniform.
After a decade as an auxiliary firefighter, Mark can now proudly call himself a firefighter after starting at the Maryborough station about three weeks ago.
Mark, a former plumber, has just completed a 15 week training course in Brisbane before being posted to the Maryborough station.
He said since he had joined he felt welcomed by the other firefighters who have, quite literally, shown him the ropes.
"It's also a very physically and mentally challenging job which I enjoy and also helping out the community," he said.
Mark said his first few weeks in the uniform had lived up to expectations.
"It's everything (I thought it would be) and more," he said.
But he could not say enough about his colleagues.
"All the crew have been wonderful and they have shown me the ropes and shown me the way they go about things in Maryborough," he said.
Mark joined the Queensland Fire and Emergency Services just before they began a state-wide recruitment drive for new blood.
Applications have now closed for the 2016 courses.