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New firefighters hit the ground running
After 19 weeks of intense training in theory and practice, 30 new recruits will today graduate as career firefighters.
CFA officially welcomes its newest firefighters into the organisation at a graduation ceremony at the Victorian Emergency Management Training Campus Craigieburn today.
The recruits will each take up placements at one of 17 fire brigades around the state. They will work side by side with volunteer members at some of CFA’s 34 integrated brigades in outer Melbourne and regional centres.
Some of these firefighters will help protect regional communities of Belmont, Mildura, Mornington, Morwell, Patterson River, Traralgon, Wangaratta, Shepparton and Warrnambool.
Others will join fire stations in fast-growing outer-Melbourne areas including Craigieburn, Cranbourne, Geelong City, Greenvale, Point Cook, Rowville, South Morang and Sunbury.
CFA’s Chief Officer Joe Buffone, who will attend today’s ceremony, said the recruits’ hard work throughout the course would allow them to hit the ground running when they start on station next week.
“This is the start of a new life for these recruits, and for many, the culmination of a dream they have worked towards for many years,” he said.
“The hard work won’t stop there - from next week onwards they will be combining plenty of on-the-job training with their regular firefighting duties.”
“While these recruits will graduate with the title ‘firefighter’, this job involves so much more. During the last 19 weeks these recruits have tackled everything from school education to driver training and dealing with hazardous materials incidents.”
The graduation ceremony marks the last recruit course as part of Project 2016, which began in 2011. This project has seen the recruitment of 342 career firefighters, built five new stations and upgraded four existing stations.
The 30 recruits to graduate today come from a range of backgrounds including administration, defence, trades, technicians, emergency services, mechanical, health and education. Seven recruits have been CFA volunteers.
Mr Buffone said all of the recruits had made a meaningful commitment to the protection of lives and property in Victoria.
“Today’s graduation ceremony is all about acknowledging and celebrating that commitment together with family and friends,” he said.
For information on CFA’s latest recruitment program, visit cfa.vic.gov.au/career