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Women explore firey career
More than 120 women attended a recruitment information session last weekend at the Bangholme training ground, making the most of a chance to draw on the experience of some of CFA’s female career firefighters and try out some physical firefighting activities.
While CFA has been running female-specific career information sessions since 2006, this was by far the best attended.
Tegan Fisher, from CFA’s recruitment team, said that optional practical activities out on the pad had been included to give the potential firefighters a sense of what to work on in preparation for physical testing.
“Before they commit to the application process, this session is all about improving people’s understanding , and giving those who are curious about career firefighting more information, so they feel as confident and informed as possible,” she said.
The 126 participants, who came from a range of backgrounds and parts of Victoria, heard about job specifications and the benefits, how the recruitment process works as well as training and preparation techniques.
Current career firefighters Josey Sensi, Tanya Faux, Felixa Boyd, Trent Egan and Aaron Johnson were joined by Operations Officer Chris Bigham in talking to the would-be recruits and answering their questions. Josh Davis from the Operational Training and Volunteerism area was also on hand to promote the benefit of volunteering amongst the group.
Tegan Fisher, who works in the recruitment team described the recruitment process as challenging and competitive and said it was important for applicants to go in with their eyes wide open.
“This session reflected some of the expectations and preparation needed to successfully progress through the application process,” she said.
Pictured in the photo album are Pamela Mitchell & Tegan Fisher from (FF Recruitment), Flexia Boyd (Qualified Firefighter) Trent Egan (Firefighter), Chris Bigham (Operations Officer), Tanya Faux (Firefighter), Josey Sensi (Senior Station Officer).