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Media Release

Applications open for new Aboriginal Firefighter Cadetship program
Monday 15 September 2014 – 11:00 AM
A new, paid training program for Aboriginal people considering a future in firefighting has been launched by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES).

The first of its kind, the inaugural Aboriginal Firefighter Cadetship is designed to increase the competitiveness of Aboriginal people within the trainee firefighter recruitment process, which should lead to an increase in the number of Aboriginals within the fire service.

Acting Fire and Emergency Services Commissioner Lloyd Bailey said the Cadetship is a way for Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islanders to get paid while developing new skills and preparing for a career as a firefighter.

"If you like keeping fit and active, are keen for a lifelong career of helping others and enjoy working with a close team – then firefighting could be for you,” Acting Commissioner Bailey said.

"DFES will help you in every way possible to meet all the requirements to become a trainee firefighter, and therefore become more competitive to be selected into a trainee firefighter school.

"These cadetships give you the opportunity to get ready and be confident when putting in your application.”

The cadetships include:
• Full time employment and salary for one year
• On the job training
• Support from a personal mentor
• Individual assistance in maths, literacy and computer skills with tutoring
• Tailored fitness program with access to the DFES gym
• Certificate II in Resources and Infrastructure
• Heavy Rigid driver’s licence
• Australian First Aid Certificate
• Participation as a volunteer in firefighting operations

The program starts on 5 January 2015 and runs for 12 months. Applications for the Cadetship close on Monday 20 October.

Information sessions about the Cadetship will be held in Cockburn Central, Kwinana, Midland and the Perth CBD from 6 -9 October 2014.

The program is partly funded by the Australian Government Indigenous Advancement Strategy’s - Jobs, Land and Economy Program.

For more information on how to apply, visit www.dfes.wa.gov.au/registerme or call Heidi Mippy at DFES on 0403 849 015.
 Media Contact: DFES Media and Corporate Communications on 9225 5955



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