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New career firefighters boost CFA ranks
CFA welcomed another 25 career firefighters to its rankst following an official graduation ceremony at Fiskville Training College on 29 August.
Chief Officer Euan Ferguson said the recruits will join 706 career firefighters already protecting lives and property at fire stations across Victoria, following an intensive 16-week training course.
"I would like to welcome our newest recruits to the CFA family – they should feel very proud of their achievements,” Mr Ferguson said.
"Over the past four months they have learned and honed highly specialised skills which they’ll use throughout their new careers as firefighters.
"They’ll also play a key role in supporting CFA’s 55,000 volunteers while protecting and serving communities across Victoria."
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. (Photos and audio grabs available to media upon request).
The graduation, which also included a live firefighting display, is the second of four recruit training courses to be completed this year.
In addition to the CFA Chief Officer, the graduates were joined by Minister for Police and Emergency Services Minister Kim Wells and CFA Board Member Ross Coyle.
CFA’s newest firefighters bring with them a range of professional backgrounds including trades, emergency services, and defence.
Ten of the new recruits have backgrounds in CFA as volunteer firefighters, two have worked with interstate fire agencies, and another has experience working at an overseas fire agency.
CFA protects the lives and property of more than three million Victorians, including 60 per cent of Melbourne. It attends as many as 40,000 incidents every year of which less than 10 per cent are bushfires.