Western Australia’s newest firefighters are some of the youngest to enter the WA Fire and Rescue Service, with an average age of 27 among those who graduated today.
Fire and Emergency Services Commissioner Wayne Gregson congratulated the 23 graduates on their hard work and commitment to the Western Australian community.
“It is exciting to see these young men and women stepping forward to serve their community,” Commissioner Gregson said.
“These graduates join a strong contingent of highly skilled Western Australian firefighters, who will support and guide them during their ongoing development.”
Twenty-six-year-old Bradley Kelemete is realising his dream to become a firefighter alongside brother Robert, 27, who also graduated today.
Mr Kelemete, a former drill and blast operator, said he was looking forward to using his new skills in real-life scenarios.
“It has been challenging but I’m excited to be given the opportunity and I’m looking forward to getting out there and helping the community,” he said.
Commissioner Gregson said the graduates had completed rigorous training to prepare them for a challenging but extremely rewarding career responding to a range of emergency situations.
“Their acquired skills are sure to be put into action quickly, with house fires and road crashes particularly common during the winter months,” he said.
“Their commitment to serving the community is to be commended and I look forward to witnessing their ongoing development.”
The graduates completed a 17-week course at the Fire and Emergency Services Academy gaining vital skills in firefighting, road crash rescue, hazardous materials and community safety.
Two graduates will be stationed at Geraldton and one at Kalgoorlie, with the remainder posted to various stations across the metropolitan area.
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