New South Wales Minister for Emergency Services Troy Grant
Program Strengthens Support For Veteran Firefighters
Victor P Taffa
Veteran firefighters are set to benefit from a new career transition program aimed at supporting officers when they leave the service after medical discharge or retirement.
Minister for Emergency Services Troy Grant said this important Fire and Rescue NSW (FRNSW) program takes the time to listen and support our firefighters in recognition of all the time they have given us.
“Our firies do a tremendous job protecting our communities, but like many emergency services, it can be challenging to transition into another career when they leave.” Minister Grant said.
“This is particularly true for those officers medically discharged from the service due to injuries or medical conditions that prevent them from continuing in their role.”
“This program is about honouring their service and lending a helping hand where possible. While they may have moved on from active duty, they’re still a part of the firies family.”
Minister Grant said the program has helped more than 80 firefighters over the last 3 years, and thanks to its success, is now being officially rolled out across the service.
“Program has already seen some outstanding results; the unemployment rate for former firies has dropped by more than 30 %, while those medically discharged now in new jobs has risen by 80 %.” Minister Grant said.
FRNSW Acting Chief Superintendent Brendan Cox said the transition into a different role could be particularly challenging for firefighters, as their career provides not just an income but also a lifestyle, self-image, purpose and long-lasting friendships.
“This program has been developed to provide guidance and support to firefighters to ensure the next phase of their working life is as successful as possible.”
A/Ch Supt Cox said the program incorporates a number of different resources including counselling services, vocational assessments, family assistance, life coaching and ongoing case management.
“We’ve seen some fantastic outcomes in the last 3 years, and we hope the recent formal launch of the program will allow these positive results to grow.” A/Ch Supt Cox said.
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