Firefighting recruits on the frontline ready to tackle bushfires
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
"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
For more information about
what it takes to become a firefighter visit www.dfes.wa.gov.au