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CFA recruiting career fireys
CFA is looking for fit, enthusiastic women and men to join the ranks of its 693 career firefighters who work shoulder to shoulder with the organisation’s 57,000 volunteers.
With growing demands on CFA’s services in Melbourne and large regional centres, more career firefighters are needed to support volunteers to deliver vital emergency services.
Applications to become a career firefighter have opened at http://www.cfa.vic.gov.au/volunteer-careers/career-firefighting/ with information sessions to be held around the state in coming weeks.
Successful applicants will begin a 16 week intensive training course in early 2014.
Chief Officer Euan Ferguson said fighting bushfires was just one part of CFA’s role.
“Career firefighters work around the clock alongside volunteers at more than 30 integrated stations in Melbourne and regional Victoria,” Mr Ferguson said.
“They protect a million homes and businesses from fire and flood, conduct road rescues and respond to hazardous materials incidents.”
The recruitment drive is part of the Victorian Government’s Project 2016.
"In addition to Melbourne, career firefighters are stationed at places such as Geelong, Bendigo, Ballarat, Warrnambool, Mildura, Shepparton, Wodonga and Traralgon just to name a few."
“Many people don‘t realise that more than 3.3 million Victorians, including 2 million Melburnians, come under the protective umbrella of CFA.” Mr Ferguson said.
Over recent years CFA has seen an unprecedented investment in personnel, vehicles and fire stations, including the recruitment of more than 158 new career firefighters since 2011.
Mr Ferguson said the recruitment drive was also an opportunity to build more diversity into its ranks, and in particular, increase the number of women career firefighters.
“While CFA is very diverse in some ways, particularly its volunteer base, there is an under-representation of women and people from culturally diverse backgrounds throughout the organisation,” Mr Ferguson said.
While age is no barrier, applicants will need to meet high standards of fitness, strength and endurance in addition to the ability to work as part of a strong team in difficult circumstances.
Applicants must also be prepared to relocate to one of CFA’s integrated fire stations across Victoria. Anyone contemplating a career as a CFA career firefighter can test their suitability at http://www.cfa.vic.gov.au/volunteer-careers/suitability-test/.