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Graduation day for first ever joint recruit course
Twenty-four career firefighters have graduated from Victoria’s first ever joint agency recruit firefighter course, the first to take place at the newly-opened Victorian Emergency Management Training Centre at Craigieburn.
**Joint release with MFB**
Twelve firefighters from each agency spent the past 17 weeks training together through both classroom theory and practical drills.
“This course is a landmark initiative for Victorian emergency management reform,” MFB Chief Officer Peter Rau said.
“CFA and MFB training departments have worked closely to ensure the current high training standards of both agencies are maintained. The course is designed to better equip firefighters to work together seamlessly during emergencies.”
Each of the firefighters graduating today will be awarded a Certificate II Public Safety Firefighting and Emergency Operations.
CFA Chief Officer Euan Ferguson said each of the 24 recruits had a duty to protect life, property, and the community.
“Today they march out to join either CFA or the MFB, becoming a member of a global family that holds the trust and respect of communities.”
He said the two agencies frequently worked closely together at emergencies ranging from structure fires to bushfire, rescue, hazardous materials or aviation incidents.
The 24 firefighters will commence working at fire stations across the state from next week.
Of the 12 CFA recruits, five have a CFA volunteer background, and two previously working as firefighters for interstate or commercial services. The group ranges in age from 27-40 years old and come from professions including teaching, police, fitness, trades and physiotherapy