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Career info session for women
CFA is running a two-hour information session for women interested in a firefighting career – both current CFA members and the general public – 10am-1pm Saturday 14 June at the Bangholme CFA Training College in Melbourne’s South-East.
An optional third hour will be offered for any participant who’d like the chance to put on protective clothing and try out the kind of physical challenges they’d be asked to perform as part of the application process.
Read more about women in career firefighting here.
Tegan Fisher from CFA’s recruitment team said that the information morning was for women of all ages and walks of life – whether they already had their heart set on a full time job as a firey or just wanted to look into it.
“The applicants we look for need to be physically fit, determined and practical, but most importantly have a passion for serving the community,” she said.
“It is a competitive and challenging application process but one which leads to a very satisfying career with excellent pathways and opportunities for progression.”
CFA career firefighter Tanya Faux, who will present at the session, is typical of many career members who move into a CFA career from a sports or outdoor background, having represented Australia in the world kayaking championships and worked in outdoor education.
She encouraged people to explore the variety of jobs and careers that might not be on their immediate radar.
“Not many women think of firefighting as a possible career, even those that would be really suited to it,” she said. “It’s just a matter of doing your research and understanding what it involves and what it offers.”
Firefighter Emma Conway, based at Morwell, said that work-life balance was a real advantage of firefighting as a career. “I get to spend an unprecedented amount of time with my children during the day – the shift arrangements really suit me,” she said.
“The physical stuff is hard. But that’s balanced out by a working environment that is relaxed and supportive. I love being a presence in the community. There are so many things you can do as a firefighter, and the only limits are the ones that you put on yourself.”
Emma said that being female had never been an issue. “You’re just another person doing the job. When I put on the uniform I don’t see myself as anything except a firefighter.”
During the session you will:
Hear first-hand from current female firefighters what the job entails and their personal experiences
Learn more about the role, the job specifications and the benefits
Learn about recruitment process
Learn training and preparation techniques and have the opportunity to participate in physical firefighting activities
For further details and to register your attendance please phone Tegan Fisher on (03) 9262 8967. Read more about becoming a career firefighter at cfa.vic.gov.au/career