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Recruit firefighter’s graduation
24 new firefighters joined the ranks of CFA today at the Second 2013 recruit graduation and passing out parade held at the Fiskville Training College.
The Graduation is the culmination of the dedication and hard work of both the recruits and their instructors over the period of the intensive 16-week training course.
The new firefighters are aged from 25 to 42 years and some have previous experience as CFA volunteer firefighters. Two of them are from Darwin and one from Tasmania.
Their professional backgrounds include trades, transport, security, emergency services, mechanical, education, advertising, defence, finance, training, medical, IT and hospitality.
The recruits will take up postings at fourteen stations across Victoria at Wodonga, Springvale, Traralgon, Craigieburn, Point Cook, Sunbury, Warrnambool, Belmont, Greenvale, Shepparton, Mildura, Cranbourne, Rosebud and Boronia.
CFA Chief Officer Euan Ferguson said the recruits march out to join the wonderful CFA team and will become a member of a global family that holds the trust and respect of our citizens.
“From Monday they’ll be on station and ready to respond to call-out to all kinds of incidents. They’ve learnt and practised a broad range of skills, which will enable them to successfully embark on their new careers,” he said.
Euan said the graduation and passing out parade is a celebration of our latest new recruits joining the family of CFA. “We are proud of them knowing they’ll be doing an important job in supporting CFA’s volunteers, and their communities,” he said.
The recruits and their family and friends were joined by MLC, Member for Western Victoria, Simon Ramsay; Michael Hallowes, Emergency Services Commissioner; CFA Deputy Chair John Peberdy; and CFA Board members, Peter Harmsworth, and Michael Tudball.
Senior representatives of MFB, Ambulance Victoria, Moorabool Shire Council, Volunteer Fire Brigades Victoria, and the UFU also attended the graduation ceremony.
Today’s ceremony also recognised the service of CFA Senior Station Officer, Neil French who received the National Emergency Medal for his work during the 2009 fires and in particular his senior role at the Alexander Incident Control Centre.