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CFA recruiting now for career firefighters
CFA has started actively recruiting for career firefighters for its 2015 intake, with applications through its website set to open from 22 September 2014.
75 successful candidates will undertake recruit training next year on one of three ‘live in’ courses starting in May, July and August 2015.
Once graduated, the new recruits will join the more than 700 career firefighters currently working to support CFA volunteers at integrated stations in regional Victoria and outer metropolitan Melbourne.
While CFA is expecting a the number of applicants for the new roles to be high, they are encouraging people who might not fit the typical image of a firefighter to apply, including women and men from a variety of backgrounds and age groups that contribute different life experience and skills.
Deputy Chief Officer Steve Warrington said that the process was compe a competitive process and applicants do need to be physically fit.
"What's just as important is that our career firefighters have the right attributes to work effectively in a team environment,' he said.
“We are looking for people with a genuine desire to make a difference by working with brigades and communities.”
Applicants need to be an Australian citizen or permanent resident to apply, and to hold a current non-probationary Australian driving license. Interviews, fitness/dexterity tests and aptitude testing are all carried out as part of the application process, which can take between 4 to 12 months.
DCO Warrington said that a firefighting career offered real opportunities for progression and a good work-life balance.
“It’s a job where no one day is the same, and a lot of our firefighters say that the variety is one of the most rewarding aspects of what they do,” he said.
“CFA career responds to anything from rescues to chemical hazmats, and take an active leadership role educating the community about fire prevention. Mentoring and training to support volunteer brigade members is another important part of the job.”
For more information, including video footage of current career firefighters speaking about their experiences, visit cfa.vic.gov.au/career