Parliamentary Secretary for Police and Emergency Services, Bill Tilley, attended the ceremony that marked the completion of the demanding 16-week recruit course.
“The graduates have learned and practice the skills that will enable them to successfully embark on their new careers as CFA firefighters,” Mr Tilly said.
“The professionalism of the recruits is evident in their dedication to their studies, their high level of proficiency and overall performance during recruit training, enabling them to perform their vital role in emergency response.”
Mr Tilley said that there is no stereotype of people joining the ranks of CFA’s firefighters.
“These graduates have come from a range of professions, including trades, sales, building, mechanical, emergency services, and I.T,” he said.
“Their ages range from 21 to 45 years and hail from a diverse range of backgrounds.
“This remarkable diversity is not only important for CFA as an organisation, but valuable for the role of firefighters as leaders and trusted figures in their communities.”
CFA’s operations rely on the skills of 1,550 career personnel and more than 59,000 volunteers.
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.
“People often don’t realise that a large part of outer metropolitan
Twelve per cent of the graduates are from the
They will take up postings at twelve stations across
“We rely on the men and women of the CFA to protect life and property in our communities,” Mr Tilley said.
“So it is vital that we have an effective, well-supported and well-equipped CFA.”