My Place: Daniel Cooper

Daniel Cooper Photo: Dennis Manktelow

Williamstown resident Daniel Cooper is a firefighter stationed at Newport. He speaks with Goya Dmytryshchak.

What’s your connection to Hobsons Bay?

We have lived in Williamstown just over seven years and I have been based at Newport fire station on and off for the last five years.

What do you like most about Williamstown?

It’s a beautiful area to live, having the beach only a five-minute walk one direction and plenty of parks and cafes the other.

What would you change?

As a whole, I wouldn’t change much about Williamstown. I love the old character and heritage that makes it such a great spot to live. Maybe a good Mexican restaurant – everybody loves tacos.

Tell me about a call-out that has stood out for you. Do you feel your work has made an impact?

I wouldn’t say there is one job that stands out for me because we go to such a variety of calls –  from structure fires to car accidents, hazardous chemical spills, rescues and emergency medical response. No job is quite like the next. I do feel that we make a difference to the community and they are always appreciative of the work that we

If you had visitors to Williamstown, where would you take them to show off your suburb?

I think Williamstown is best explored by foot. I would grab a coffee and head down through the Williamstown Botanic Gardens to the beach. A great way to spend the day.

What’s your favourite cafe/eatery?

I’d have to say Mezmez in Ferguson Street – that’s our favourite place for a morning coffee.

What’s the best thing about your job?

I love the work-life balance, the people I work with – every day is unpredictable. Shift work can be challenging, but I wouldn’t have it any other way, especially with a young family. It means more time to spend with ones you love.

What would people be surprised to know about you?

We have just welcomed a little boy, Kip, into the world, a little brother to our three-year-old Sonny.