Acting Chief Officer Steve Warrington led the ceremony, marking the completion of a 16-week training course.
“Today the recruits have become part of a group given the responsibility of protecting lives and property across
“The skills they have learnt at the training college will enable them to successfully embark on their new careers as CFA career firefighters.
“The recruit’s dedication to their studies, high level of proficiency and high standard of performance throughout the trainig course will enable them to successfully perform their important roles in emergency response.”
Mr Warrington said CFA’s size and diversity provided its firefighters with opportunities like no other organisation.
“CFA can offer a sea change or a tree change or a move to
Of the 25 new firefighters, 16 percent come from the
The remaining recruits will be posted at 10 stations across
The graduates’ ages range from 22 to 42 and they come from diverse working backgrounds including trades, emergency services, education, security, fitness and agriculture.
Mr Warrington said CFA was also very pleased that diversity was being built amongst the ranks of CFA, including through the recruitment of female firefighters.
“It is encouraging to see that the latest class to graduate at Fiskville included two female recruits who will be posted at Belmont and Cranbourne.”
CFA’s operations rely on the skills of the 1,550 career personnel and more than 59,000 volunteers.
CFA is a community based and focused organisation that serves a population of about 3.3 million people and protects more than one million dwellings.
Mr Warrington said the new firefighters played a vital role in ensuring CFA fulfilled its mission statement.
“We rely on the men and woman of CFA to protect life and property in our communities, so it’s vial that we have an effective, well-equipped and well-supported CFA.
“You are now part of the CFA family and we welcome you with open arms,” he said.