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Responding to Victoria’s growth
CFA has added 181 career firefighters to its workforce since 2010 as part of its response to urban and regional growth.
Firefighter recruitment is set to continue in coming years, with four recruit courses running in 2014 and more planned in 2015.
Deputy Chief Officer Joe Buffone said that CFA career firefighters worked side by side with volunteers at strategic locations around Victoria.
“The increase in permanent firefighter positions is about supporting our 56,000 volunteers to protect lives and property, particularly those in some of the fastest growing areas of the State, whether that’s suburban Melbourne or a provincial centre,” he said.
“Risk and operational need are the key drivers in deciding where career firefighters are based, and those ongoing decisions are the responsibility of the CFA Chief Officer.”
From a starting point of 526 permanent roles in 2010, the total number of career firefighter positions at CFA has risen to 686 today. This figure will continue to rise.
DCO Buffone said that CFA was also building or modifying 11 stations to house brigades with a combination of volunteer and staff members, including six brand new re-sited stations. Works at three stations – Mildura, Ocean Grove and Rowville – are complete.
“The development of this infrastructure will help us to better meet the needs of communities, as well as providing suitable workplaces for the extra full-time station staff,” he said.
“Our overall response to growth in Victoria includes the implementation of a whole range of measures that includes vehicles and equipment, training to advance firefighters into more senior roles, and volunteer development and sustainability.”
The 181 additional firefighters recruited since 2010 include the ranks of Firefighter, Leading Firefighter, Station Officer and Operations Officer roles.
Personnel have so far been deployed to locations including: Frankston, Mornington, Rosebud, Hallam, Patterson River, Dandenong, Pakenham, Rowville, Point Cook, Melton, Craigieburn, Caroline Springs, Sunbury, Traralgon, Shepparton, Bendigo, Ballarat, Geelong, Corio and Ocean Grove and Mildura.