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Media Release

Firefighting recruits on the frontline ready to tackle bushfires
Friday 11 December 2015 – 11:00 AM

Amongst the graduating class are former carpenters, occupational therapists, camera operators, sailors, soldiers and auto glaziers.

The graduates will be on active duty from next week at fire stations across the Perth metropolitan area.

Fire and Emergency Services Commissioner Wayne Gregson said the new graduates will be a timely addition, with the 2015-16 bushfire season well underway.

"With Western Australia expecting a long and challenging bushfire season, the graduates will hit the ground running, putting the skills and knowledge they acquired during the intensive 17 week training program into action,” Commissioner Gregson said.

"They will work closely alongside more than 29,000 Western Australian career and volunteer fire and emergency services personnel, who work to help prevent and respond to emergencies all year round.

"Firefighters are very much on the frontline and their choice to serve the community in this way is highly commendable.

"I also strongly urge the community to also play their part in preparing for bushfires. Have a written bushfire plan, an emergency kit ready to go and a well prepared property.”

For more information about what it takes to become a firefighter visit www.dfes.wa.gov.au​

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