23 New Queensland Firefighters Graduate In August 2016

23 New Queensland Firefighters Graduate In August 2016

Acting Queensland Minister for Police Fire and Emergency Services Anthony Lynham

Queensland Welcomes 23 New Firefighters

Victor P Taffa

Twenty-three urban firefighter recruits have joined the ranks of Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) after graduating at a ceremony at the Queensland Combined Emergency Services Academy in Lytton today.

The recruits will take up positions in

  • Brisbane,
  • Bundaberg,
  • Innisfail,
  • Townsville,
  • The Tablelands in far north Queensland.

Member for Ferny Grove, Mark Furner, represented Acting Minister for Police, Fire and Emergency Services, Dr. Anthony Lynham at the ceremony.

Mr. Furner said the new firefighters had chosen an honourable profession dedicated to protecting others.

“Queensland communities rely on our firefighters to keep them safe and to see them through times of distress and disaster.” Mr. Furner said.

“The recruits graduating today are embarking on a career that will at times be challenging as they take on the vital role of safeguarding the lives of Queenslanders.”

“I have no doubt each recruit will rise to this challenge and make an invaluable contribution to and in their communities.” Mr. Furner said.

QFES Acting Commissioner Mark Roche said the new urban firefighters had undergone a rigorous recruitment and training process in readiness for their new roles.

“Today’s graduates have met the highest standard of physical and mental fitness required for these demanding and important roles.” Acting Commissioner Roche said.

“The department’s recruit firefighter selection program is uncompromising and Queensland communities can be assured that only the best people for the job are appointed.”

“The successful completion of our intensive 78-day course sees the recruits leave the academy well-equipped with the necessary skills to respond to a range of emergencies, including firefighting, road crash and technical rescue, and hazardous material management.” Acting Commissioner Roche said.

As well as constant on-the-job training, urban firefighters continue formal studies in firefighting and emergency operations for two and half years after graduation, further building their skills and enhancing the department’s service delivery for Queensland.

Today’s graduate’s takes the total number of QFES recruit firefighters appointed since February 2015 to 133, with 36 of those appointed this year.