Western Australia Minister for Emergency Services Troy Buswell
New Firefighters Ready For The Frontline
Victor P Taffa
- 21 firefighter recruits graduate after 16-week training course
- Will be sent to fire stations in various locations including Kalgoorlie-Boulder, Geraldton and the Perth metropolitan area
Twenty-one men and women today graduated as fully fledged Fire and Rescue Service firefighters after completing 16 weeks of intensive training.
Emergency Services Minister Troy Buswell congratulated the State’s newest career firefighters at a graduation ceremony in Forrestfield.
“These men and women will be performing one of the most respected jobs in the community.” Mr. Buswell said.
“Their role will be to respond to the community’s calls for help when they are most in need.
“It is a testament to these individuals that they have endured such an intensive course and I congratulate them on the completion of their training and wish them every success as they embark on a challenging and rewarding career.”
To be accepted into the training course, the recruits first passed through several physical and aptitude tests, such as a simulated hose drag, a confined space tunnel crawl and a height anxiety test.
They also passed a recruitment selection process, beating more than 500 other applicants to a place on the course, with only the most highly competitive candidates progressing through each stage.
The course at FESA’s Forrestfield Training Centre includes training in road crash rescue, emergency driving, urban search and rescue, hazardous materials and community safety.
The new graduates will be sent to fire stations in various locations including Kalgoorlie-Boulder, Geraldton and the Perth metropolitan area.
- A total of 585 people applied for the Firefighter Recruit School
- Graduates of Firefighter Recruit School 71 came from a diverse range of backgrounds such as teachers, footballers, carpenters and geologists
- The graduates have been awarded a Certificate II in Public Safety (Fire and Emergency Operations)