Western Australia’s newest firefighters have graduated today in time for the peak of the bushfire season and are ready to put their expertise to work protecting the community.
Fire and Emergency Services Commissioner Wayne Gresgon said more than 500 people had applied to become a Fire and Rescue Service firefighter in the latest round so these 22 graduates were an elite group.
“These graduates have faced a competitive recruitment process and rigorous training to become fully fledged firefighters,” Commissioner Gregson said.
“Firefighters are on the frontline protecting the community and the fact that this group have made it through the process is a testament to their physical and mental strength.”
The course at the Department’s Western Australian Fire and Emergency Services Academy includes training in road crash rescue, structural firefighting, bush and vegetation firefighting, urban search and rescue, hazardous materials and community safety.
Commissioner Gregson said all the recruits would soon be called on to use their new skills during the busy summer season.
“The recruits practised searching for casualties in smoke filled buildings, isolating and putting out different types of fires and removing parts of cars after a crash,” he said.
“They are embarking on their career at the start of a difficult bushfire season and there will be a challenging few months ahead.
“Their rigorous training and preparation for this demanding job has prepared them for this and I am sure they are ready to take on their new career.”
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