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New career firefighters graduate
CFA welcomed another 25 new career firefighters to its ranks today following an official graduation ceremony at Fiskville Training College, which marks the end of an intensive 16-week training course for the recruits.
Chief Officer Euan Ferguson congratulated the graduates, who will join the more than 700 career firefighters employed by CFA across Victoria.
“I would like to commend our newest recruits on their hard work and diligence so far, and wish them all the best for the next steps of their career,” Mr Ferguson said.
“The highly specialised skills they’ve learnt during the last four weeks will be the foundation for the huge variety of incidents and situations they will come across as career firefighters.
“Many will be relocating very soon to start work in new towns and no doubt they will be receiving a warm welcome from both fellow brigade members and their new communities.
“These recruits bring to CFA a genuinely diverse range of life experiences and skills and will play a key role in supporting CFA’s 55,000 volunteers to protect and serve communities across Victoria.”
From next week the new career firefighters will begin placements at 14 locations in Melbourne and regional Victoria, including Caroline Springs, Craigieburn, Belmont, Warrnambool, Ballarat City, Mildura, Wodonga, Wangaratta, Shepparton, Traralgon, Cranbourne, Springvale and Rosebud.
The graduation, which also included a live firefighting display, is the second of four recruit training courses to be completed this year. It brings the number of additional career staff recruited since 2011 to 206.
In addition to the CFA Chief Officer, the graduates were joined by the Member for Western Victoria Simon Ramsay and CFA Chair Claire Higgins.
CFA’s newest firefighters come from a range of professional backgrounds including trades, health, and defence. They range in age from early 20s to early 40s, and11 of the new recruits have backgrounds in CFA as volunteer firefighters.
CFA protects the lives 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.