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New career firefighters graduate from Fiskville
Another 18 new career firefighters have today (Friday 19 December) joined more than 700 staff already protecting lives and property at fire stations across Victoria.
The new firefighters will begin work next week at Craigieburn, Geelong City, Greenvale, Pakenham, Point Cook, Rowville, Shepparton, Springvale, Warrnambool and Wodonga
The milestone was marked at a graduation ceremony in front of family and friends at Fiskville Training College today.
Chief Officer Euan Ferguson welcomed the new firefighters to CFA at the ceremony, which also included a live firefighting display, marking the end of the intensive 16-week training course.
“Our career firefighters play a key role in supporting CFA’s 55,000 volunteers while protecting and serving the community at integrated brigades across Victoria,” Mr Ferguson said.
“They have learned and practised the skills they will require to successfully embark on their new careers as firefighters.
“They should all feel proud of their accomplishments and I welcome them to the CFA family.”
It’s the fifth of 5 recruit training courses to be completed in 2014 and brings to 224 the number of additional career staff recruited since November 2010.
Career firefighters support volunteers at more than 30 integrated fire brigades in Melbourne and Regional Victoria.
In addition to the Chief Officer, the graduates were joined by the new Minister for Emergency Services Jane Garrett, CFA Chair Claire Higgins and CFA Chief Executive Officer Mick Bourke.
CFA’s newest firefighters bring with them a range of professional backgrounds including trades, emergency services, defence, and horticulture.
Some have previous experience as CFA volunteer firefighters.
The new firefighters will now embark on lengthy and the intensive on-the-job training phase.
CFA protects the live and property of more than 3 million Victorians, including 60 per cent of Melbourne.
It attends as many as 40 thousand incidents every year of which less than 10 per cent are bushfires.