New South Wales Minister for Police and Emergency Services David Elliott
New South Wales Welcomes 16 Brand New Firefighters
Victor P Taffa
16 new firefighters will enhance the safety of communities across New South Wales after graduating from the Fire and Rescue NSW (FRNSW) Emergency Services Academy in Western Sydney today.
Minister for Police and Emergency Services David Elliott congratulated the recruits and welcomed them into the firefighting family.
“Firefighting is no small feat and the training these recruits have gone through is testament to their professionalism, dedication and resilience.” Minister Elliott said.
“These men and women are about to become an indispensable part of their communities, where they will keep people safe doing everything from firefighting to providing medical assistance to responding to natural disasters.”
“Over the past few weeks alone, we’ve seen hundreds of FRNSW firefighters on the frontline fighting the blazes that have devastated Northern New South Wales.”
These recruits bring diverse backgrounds to their new role which include former teachers, filmmakers, paramedics, army and naval officers, marketing professionals and social workers, some well into their forties.
FRNSW Commissioner Paul Baxter said this round of graduates prove that age is no barrier for a career change.
“It’s never too late to join Fire and Rescue NSW and this cohort demonstrate our mission to recruit the state’s best regardless of age or background. These recruits have shown they have the diverse skills, capabilities and talents required to undertake the varied work that our firefighters do.” Commissioner Baxter said.
This is the fourth FRNSW graduation in 2019 with another ceremony scheduled for December to bolster frontlines across the State.