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Minister joins frontline firefighters

By: CFA Media

Category: Operational Information

  11.50 AM 3 September, 2014

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On the day CFA welcomed another 25 new career firefighters to its ranks, Minister for Police and Emergency Services Kim Wells celebrated his own milestone, completing his Minimum Skills training.

CFA Chief Officer Euan Ferguson presented Mr Wells his certificate of completion last Friday (29/08) at the recruit graduation held at Fiskville Training College.

Minimum skills and knowledge training is required by all CFA members to enter a fire or incident ground and operate safety, effectively and efficiently.

Mr Ferguson said CFA members across the state will be reassured that the Minister has undertaken the minimum skills training, helping to set an example for others and give a greater insight into what CFA’s frontline firefighters do.

“In a practical sense, it also means that the Minister is well equipped to attend fire grounds to talk to our people on actual operations to see what their conditions of work are like,” he said.

“We commend the Minister for his commitment to CFA.”

Minister Wells echoed the Chief’s comments that “it was a fantastic opportunity to gain a hands-on experience and learn what is expected of the CFA's hardworking firefighters who perform an incredible job protecting life and property in local communities across the state.”

"Volunteers are the backbone of Victoria's emergency response, and that is why it is absolutely crucial that the CFA's 55,000 volunteers receive the very best operational, safety and on-the-ground training to ensure the safety of our firefighters and the local community," he said.

At last Friday’s graduation, Minister Wells and the Chief welcomed CFA’s recruits who will join 706 career firefighters already protecting lives and property at fire stations across Victoria, following an intensive 16-week training course.

In the next few weeks the new career firefighters will begin work at 13 locations in Melbourne and regional Victoria including Hoppers Crossing, Warrnambool, Sunbury, Mornington, Belmont, Greenvale, Bendigo, Ballarat City, Mildura, Point Cook, Wodonga, Morwell, and Boronia.

Last Updated: 03 September 2014