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CFA seeking career recruits
CFA will soon start advertising for new career firefighter recruits, with applications set to open on 22 September 2014.
Seventy-five successful candidates will undertake recruit training next year on one of three 16 week live-in courses at the CFA State Training College in Fiskville. The courses will begin from mid-2015.
While the application process typically attracts a good level of interest, this year CFA is particularly focusing on people who might not fit the traditional image of a firefighter.
“We are looking for women and men from a variety of backgrounds who bring a mix of life experience and skills to our workforce,” said Tegan Fisher from the CFA recruitment team.
“Being physically fit is a requirement, but equally essential is the ability to work well with people in a team,” she said, adding that previous experience working in the community would be an advantage.
“We are particularly interested to receive applications from volunteers looking at moving into firefighting as a career.”
Applicants need to be an Australian citizen or permanent resident, and to hold a current non-probationary Australian driving license. Various types of testing are carried out throughout the process (approximately six months) including interviews, fitness/dexterity and aptitude testing.
Tegan encouraged potential recruits to read through the detailed information on the CFA website to help them decide whether to apply, as well as for tips on how best to prepare.
“Some people may need to concentrate on the aptitude testing or interview skills while others may need to work on their fitness or strength to complete the physical testing,” she said.
“As a career, I believe firefighting is well worth thinking about. The role offers a real chance to make a difference to communities not only through fire suppression but through engagement, education and leadership.
“That’s coupled with genuine career pathways and a good work life balance."
For more information visit cfa.vic.gov.au/career