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Media Release

Department of Fire and Emergency Services welcomes new recruits
Friday 28 November 2014 – 12:15 PM

​Twenty three of the State’s newest firefighters are ready to serve the community in the Fire and Rescue Service after graduating from the Fire and Emergency Services Academy today.

Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) Commissioner Wayne Gregson said the graduates are a timely addition to Western Australia’s fire and emergency services, especially at the start of the 2014-15 bushfire season.

“Today’s graduating firefighters join more than 1100 career and approximately 29,000 volunteer firefighters and emergency services personnel across the State,” Commissioner Gregson said.

“They will be a valuable addition to the emergency services and will be on active duty at metropolitan and regional career fire stations from next week, attending structure fires, bushfires, road crashes and undertaking other response and preparation tasks.”

Three graduates from Kalgoorlie will be stationed at Kalgoorlie Fire Station and provide welcome support to their home community with the bushfire season already underway.

One graduate from Geraldton will also be stationed in his home town, with others across the Perth metropolitan area.

The graduates’ skills are expected to be in high demand, with firefighters already having battled bushfires in the north and south of the State this season.

“Our firefighters are well prepared, but everyone has a role to play and can help reduce their risk,” Commissioner Gregson said.

The graduates have completed a 17-week career firefighting course, under the guidance of experienced instructors.

The training included road crash rescue, structural and bush firefighting, urban search and rescue, hazardous materials and community safety.

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