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Recruits on parade with Ballarat FB
11.09 PM 6 May, 2013
Location: District 15 News
On Monday 6 May, 15 recruits from Squad 1/2013 paraded with Ballarat Fire Brigade members before the start of the brigade's May meeting.
This is the third year that Fiskville recruit firefirefighters have joined Ballarat Fire Brigade for a monthly meeting.
Fiskville Recruit Coordinator Operations Officer Chris Bigham said, "With the consistent numbers of recruits that don't have a CFA volunteer background, this is an excellent way for our newest employees to meet and interact with one of the state's oldest brigades.
"This allows the recruits to experience the conduct of a brigade meeting, to view the array of equipment and vehicles that the Ballarat Fire Brigade use, and to tour the oldest continuously-operating fire station in CFA.
Chris and Ballarat Fire Brigade Captain John Harris believe that this initial introduction sets a solid foundation for the new recruits to build on as they tranistion into their own intergrated brigades on completion of the recruit course.
Eureka Group OIC Operations Officer Bernie Fradd stated in his address to the meeting that the Ballarat Fire Brigade attends 500+ calls. He urged recruits to acknowledge and draw upon the skills and experience that volunteer members around the state possess.
Captain John Harris said, "It's lovely to have the recruits visit us during our monthly meeting and we are always happy to host the recruits to help them have a broader understanding of volunteers in a busy urban brigade."
Squad duty student recruit firefighter Peter Cooper thanked the brigade on behalf of his fellow recruits and said, "It was a really good opportunity to see how a volunteer brigade works especially a very traditional one like Ballarat Fire Brigade."