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CFA career recruit firefighter training course
The first of this year’s CFA recruit firefighter training courses started on Friday 6 March 2015 at Emergency Management Victorian Training Centre (VEMTC) Craigieburn.
Chief Officer Euan Ferguson said 30 CFA recruits are taking part in the 19-week course.
“A coordinator plus eight instructors have been appointed were and drawn from CFA integrated fire stations across numerous districts,” Mr Ferguson said.
“The course syllabus will be delivered on a four day on and four day off roster and for the first time for CFA recruits will include training in emergency medical awareness.”
The 30 recruit candidates were advised by CFA of their successful application and testing last month.
The recruit numbers include 36 per cent with CFA volunteer experience. 56 per cent are from regional parts of Victoria with the remainder coming from urban Melbourne areas.
“As usual, recruits come from a range of work experience backgrounds and the latest group include many who have worked in trades and government jobs,” he said.
This latest recruit course is the second to be held at VEMTC Craigieburn and follows the plan of the State Training Strategy developed by Emergency Management Victoria in partnership with CFA, MFB, and the other emergency management agencies.
Another CFA recruit training course will begin on 22nd March, and two more are programmed in August this year.
The new training schedule will cater for an expected increase on the 2015 promotional assessment and development courses and also an increase in the throughput of volunteer skills acquisition and maintenance courses.