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Become a career firefighter
It takes a certain type of person to fight fires as a career – focused, committed, and driven not just by the idea of a challenge, but a desire to serve the community.
This is exactly the kind of applicant CFA hopes will put their hand up in response to a recruitment campaign which kicked off this week with the opening of an applications database at cfa.vic.gov.au/firejobs.
Chief Officer Joe Buffone said CFA was looking for people who wanted to be firefighters for all the right reasons.
“This is an opportunity to be part of a great and unique community organisation,” he said.
“It is a physically demanding job, but certainly don’t rule yourself out just because you currently work in an office or have never held a firefighting hose.
“Most important are qualities such as perseverance, dedication and the ability to slot in to a really close-knit team.
“If you really want this – and have the willingness to train and bring your fitness up to the required level – there is nothing to stop anyone from being successful,” Mr Buffone said.
Firefighting positions are traditionally highly sought after, and the recruitment process can be competitive. Candidates are required to meet benchmarks linked to a series of assessments including fitness, aptitude and psychometric testing and interviews.
Mr Buffone said a priority for CFA was increasing diversity among its firefighter ranks.
“We’re looking to build a workforce that is just as diverse as the community we serve, and certainly one that reflects our community,” he said.
“That means a better balance of women, people from different cultural backgrounds and people from different professional and geographical backgrounds.
“In 2016 firefighters do a lot more than simply putting water on flame, and we need a good mix of different skills to help CFA become an effective and high-performing organisation into the future."
People who apply via CFA’s online application system in March or April will need to be available to attend fitness and aptitude testing from July this year, and able to start work with CFA from 2017. Current CFA volunteers interested in the role are strongly encouraged to apply.
Successful applicants will be placed on an 18-week recruit training course. After graduating, they will join CFA’s ranks of more than 900 career firefighters working alongside volunteers at integrated fire stations around the state.
Anyone interested in applying is encouraged to complete a suitability checklist on CFA’s website.