Western Australia’s fire and emergency services have been bolstered with the addition of 24 new career firefighters.
The firefighters graduated from the WA Fire and Emergency Services Academy on Friday 4 August and come from different walks of life, with different life experiences and backgrounds.
Joshua Tatupu was a professional rugby union player with WA’s Super Rugby side the Western Force and is one of two new recruits heading to Kalgoorlie Fire Station.
“I spent three years playing with the Western Force before heading overseas to play in France, England and New Zealand and so I am grateful to be able to give something back to the WA community that welcomed me with open arms,” Joshua said.
Fellow graduate Katrina Birch is looking forward to putting her newly acquired skills to use in the community.
“It has been a privilege to be part of Trainee Firefighter School 81 and we are all looking forward to putting our new skills to good use in real life situations,” Katrina said.
The 18-week training course at the WA Fire and Emergency Services Academy involves developing skills in firefighting, road crash rescue, hazardous materials, urban search and rescue and community safety.
Fire and Emergency Services Commissioner Wayne Gregson APM commended the graduates for their hard work.
“Our newest firefighters have completed an intensive training course and are now being equipped with the skills and knowledge needed to hit the ground running and step into the challenging but rewarding career of firefighting,” Commissioner Gregson said.
“Firefighting requires an unwavering commitment and passion for keeping the community safe and these graduates are to be congratulated for choosing this noble career.”