Geelong West Captain's journey from Juniors

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Since joining CFA as a Junior member in 1998, Paul Cockerill has been learning and developing his skills.


Eventually becoming Captain in 2021, Paul is also an employee of CFA, working as Technician – Simulation Training.

He said that CFA has given him the ability to build his skillset.

“CFA has given me opportunities in the aspect of being able to do courses that I probably wouldn’t have thought of doing if I wasn’t part of the emergency services.

“Learning firefighting skills, first aid, it’s helped me get a truck licence as well as gaining my certificate IV in Training and Assessing, becoming a Trainer and Assessor for CFA.”

Paul would encourage everyone to get involved and said that there are so many benefits to joining CFA.

“CFA is great, it gets you many skills, especially if you’re coming in from a young age, you can develop your skills and it can help you get into the workforce, which has obviously helped me.

“Being a part of CFA just gives you basic life skills, and anyone who wants to join, that’s what they are going to get out of it, as well as putting back into the community.”

Paul is one of the many CFA members being profiled across CFA platforms for National Volunteer Week.

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Submitted by CFA News