The ranks of Western Australia’s frontline fire service have swelled with the addition of 46 new firefighters in the last year.
Recruits from Firefighter Training School No. 77 graduated on Friday 26 June, while School No. 76 completed their training in November 2014, in time to boost the service for the busy bushfire season.
Fire and Emergency Services Commissioner Wayne Gregson said the graduates were a welcome addition to Western Australia’s fire and emergency services.
“Our graduating firefighters join more than 1100 career and approximately 29,000 volunteer firefighters and emergency services personnel across the State,” Commissioner Gregson said.
“They are a valuable addition to the emergency services and will be on active duty at metropolitan and regional career fire stations, attending structure fires, bushfires, road crashes and undertaking other response and preparation tasks.
“It is encouraging to see young men and women stepping up to serve their community with such maturity and commitment.”
The graduates have all 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.