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CFA/MFB recruit course
Twenty-four new career firefighters will embark on the first ever CFA/MFB recruit course next Monday 18 August.
This is the first course to take place at the newly-opened Victorian Emergency Management Training Centre at Craigieburn.
CFA and MFB training departments have worked closely to ensure the current high training standards of both agencies are maintained and, while firefighters will train together wherever possible, the curriculum for each agency has not changed.
Over ten weeks the twelve recruits from each agency will train together around classroom theory and practical drills.
CFA recruits will spend another seven weeks at Fiskville undertaking hot fire training, theory and driving training while their MFB counterparts continue with their curriculum at Craigieburn. Recruits will graduate together on 12 December 2014 and be awarded a Certificate 2 in Fire Operations.
This first ever combined recruit course for MFB/CFA career firefighters is a landmark initiative for Victorian emergency management reform. It will be independently evaluated and the results will be used to inform the next phase of the program.
As part of the Emergency Management Strategic Action Plan achieve a single approach to recruit firefighters in Victoria, the course will evolve into a fully integrated training course over the next three years.
MFB's Brendan Angwin and CFA's Paul Elso will run the course, bringing extensive expertise alongside their teams of instructors.
The Victorian Emergency Management Training Centre - Craigieburn, managed by MFB, is part of a broader network of emergency management training facilities across the state and the first to use the new branding.
There are eight venues in the process of being branded under Emergency Management Victoria - proudly managed by CFA. These include: Fiskville, Longerenong, Wangaratta, West Sale, Huntly, Bangholme, Penshurst and the soon to be complete Mildura campus.