CFA Chief Officer Euan Ferguson said as part of the recruitment drive, CFA wants to build more diversity within its ranks.
“While CFA is very diverse in some ways, particularly in its volunteer base, there is an under-representation of women and people from culturally diverse backgrounds throughout the organisation,” he said.
“CFA has growing demands on its services throughout the state, particularly during the day. Paid firefighters are needed to ensure the highest standards of service delivery are maintained.
“Volunteers are a key part of CFA and while we are primarily a volunteer firefighting force, it’s necessary to support their incredible work with paid staff.”
Mr Ferguson said a career as a firefighter is an incredible way to serve the community while getting paid.
“People often don’t realise that a large part of outer metropolitan Melbourne, regional centres, and rural communities come under the protective umbrella of CFA,” he said.
“We rely on the women and men of the CFA to protect lives and property in our communities - so it is vital that we have an effective, well-supported and well-equipped CFA,” he said.
CFA is a community-based, community-focused, emergency management organisation that serves a population of approximately 3.3 million people and protects more than one million dwellings.
The recruitment drive is part of the Victorian Government’s Project 2016, a response to recommendations of the Victorian Bushfires Royal Commission.
CFA is looking to recruit people who are community-minded, fit and want a challenging, rewarding and exciting career.
An information session, specifically aimed at women, will be held at the CFA Bangholme Training College on Saturday, 24 March at 10.30am.
Bookings to this session are essential. Please call 9262 8968 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
“These sessions are a great way to hear first hand about the role of a paid firefighter and how the recruitment process works,” Mr Ferguson said.
The sessions involve hearing from current CFA firefighters about their experiences, conditions and benefits and training and preparation techniques.