CFA Graduates Ready To Protect Victorians

The next batch of CFA recruits are ready to help keep Victorians safe.

Emergency Services Minister James Merlino today congratulated thirty new career firefighters at a graduation ceremony at the Victorian Emergency Management Training Centre in Craigieburn.

The awards ceremony is the culmination of an intensive 19-week course that began in February this year.

The graduates will use the broad range of skills they have learnt as they embark on their new careers.

With their training now complete they’ll begin their postings at stations around the state, including Ballarat, Belmont, Cranbourne, Dandenong, Eltham, Geelong, Hallam, Mildura, Ocean Grove, Rosebud, Shepparton, Sunbury, Traralgon, Wangaratta, Warrnambool and Wodonga.

The vast majority have switched to firefighting after working in other jobs, meaning Victoria’s emergency services are benefiting from their broad and varied life experience.

The new recruits have come from professional backgrounds including administration, business, defence, trades, health, education, retail and management.

The Andrews Labor Government is investing $56.2 million in a CFA Support Fund. The fund provides additional brigade and volunteer support, improved health and safety measures, internet connectivity in rural areas and more flexible, localised training.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Emergency Services James Merlino

“Congratulations to all recruits, you will join some of the best firefighters in the world and keep our communities safe.”

“I am proud of the course run by the Victorian Emergency Management Training Centre, which has provided world-class standard preparation for our graduates as they master essential firefighting skills.”

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