Today’s graduation of twenty-four new firefighters is a welcome boost to community safety in readiness for the bushfire season, according to FESA Chief Executive Officer Wayne Gregson.
Mr Gregson congratulated the State’s newest career firefighters at a ceremony in Forrestfield, commending the men on their achievement following a rigorous 16-week training course.
“Being a firefighter is an immensely challenging and rewarding profession,” Mr Gregson said.
“As we face the prospect of another tough bushfire season, these firefighters will be on the frontline protecting the community.”
Mr Gregson praised the group of firefighters who had passed through a tough recruitment selection process, beating more than 400 other applicants, with only the most highly competitive candidates progressing through each stage.
“It is definitely not for the faint hearted with the recruits required to test their stamina through several stages of different physical and aptitude tests, such as a simulated hose drag, a confined space tunnel crawl and a height anxiety test,” he said.
“For this group of men, who came from a diverse range of backgrounds including pharmacy, a chemistry doctorate and a former professional footballer, being a firefighter is a new beginning with a goal to protecting the community.”
The course at FESA’s Forrestfield Training Centre includes training in road crash rescue, emergency driving, structural firefighting, urban search and rescue, hazardous materials and community safety.
“Getting through an intensive course such as this is a testament to their physical and mental strength and I congratulate them and wish them every success as they embark on this important career.”
The new graduates will be sent to fire stations in the Perth metropolitan area.
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