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Final call for future full-time fireys
With recruitment applications closing this Friday 8 April, CFA is urging those considering a career as a full-time, paid firefighter to get their applications in as quickly as possible.
The recruitment drive is the result of a Victorian Government promise to recruit an additional 350 paid firefighters to support CFA’s 57,000 volunteers.
Chief Officer Joe Buffone said the fire services are striving to increase the diversity of their workforce, particularly by encouraging more women to apply.
“It would be great to see women better represented in our career firefighter workforce,” he said.
“We want CFA to better reflect the community it serves. Currently less than 4 per cent of career staff are women, compared to 20 per cent in volunteer ranks. This has to change,” he said.
“It’s a challenging role with an intensive recruitment process and training period – but once applicants get through, the benefits are fantastic.
“We want women and men who are considering applying need to get moving with applications closing in coming weeks.
“Don’t wait, you’ve got nothing to lose and so much to gain. Being a career firefighter is about far more than just fighting fires – you respond to anything from rescues to hazardous materials incidents.”
Mr Buffone said another big part of the role is supporting and mentoring volunteer members and providing fire education to communities.
Every person who applies can do so with confidence that the application process, testing and training standards are the same for everyone.
Applicants do not need any emergency services experience but a full, manual driver licence is required.
A good level of overall fitness is essential and will be tested at various stages throughout the recruitment and training process.
To watch videos of career firefighters talking about their experiences, and videos of the beep test and physical ability test, go to cfa.vic.gov.au/career