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New firies bolster CFA ranks
Twenty four new firefighters have bolstered the ranks of CFA’s career staff at a graduation ceremony at CFA Training College – Fiskville today.
Ranging in age from 22 to 40, some have previous experience as CFA volunteer firefighters, with the majority hailing from regional Victoria and interstate.
CFA Chief Officer Euan Ferguson praised the graduates hard work and dedication over the past 16 weeks of live-in firefighter training.
“The professionalism of these recruits is evident in their dedication to their studies, high level of proficiency and overall performance during recruit training,” Mr Ferguson said.
“I know they will serve their communities well and exemplify CFA’s mission to protect lives and property.”
The graduates come from diverse backgrounds include trades, emergency services, mechanical, defence force, legal, human resources, sales and customer service.
They commenced their 16-week course on 20 August 2012 and have learnt and practised a broad range of skills, which will enable them to successfully embark on their new careers.
The graduating class will take up postings at thirteen stations across Victoria including Boronia, Shepparton, Wangaratta, Traralgon, Ballarat City, Mildura, Warrnambool, Morwell, Point Cook, Wodonga, Craigieburn, Caroline Springs and Belmont.
The graduation ceremony was also an opportunity to honour some of CFA’s long serving members.
Barwon South West Regional Director Bob Barry, Grampians Regional Commander Phil Beasley and District 15 Operations Manager Geoffrey Gray were all recognised with a 2nd Clasp to their National Medal.
The National Medal recognises long and diligent service by members of recognised government and voluntary organisations that risk their lives or safety to protect or assist the community in enforcement of the law or in times of emergency or natural disaster.
Visit here to learn more about the National Medal.