The Association of Volunteer Bush Fire Brigades (AVBFB) is extremely proud to represent hundreds of women and men who are part of a family – often multigenerational – working as volunteers in their local bushfire brigades.
It is wonderful that the Minister has published this media statement recognising the role of families in the valuable fire and rescue service and we would also hasten to add the value of both sons and daughters in the Volunteer Bush Fire service – not to mention the value of taking up volunteering as a valuable unpaid “career” too!
Thanks for celebrating the wonderful role of family in our Emergency Services Minister!!
- Sons of firefighters amongst 24 new recruits
- Recruits based throughout the State ahead of bushfire season
The sons of two current firefighters are among the next generation of men and women fighting fires on the front line.
A total of 24 new recruits will be posted to fire stations across the State over the next two weeks following an intensive 19-week training course.
They will become part of a 1,100-strong professional frontline firefighting force in Western Australia.
The graduates, who range in age from 24 to 50 and were chosen from hundreds of applicants, were put through rigorous training including road crash rescue, structural and marine firefighting techniques, hazardous materials and community safety.
For more information about a firefighting career, visit http://www.dfes.wa.gov.au
Comments attributed to Emergency Services Minister Francis Logan:
“The graduates of Firefighter School 82 have come from all walks of life, including teaching, farming, trades and the sciences, several were volunteers in various brigades and others served in overseas fire brigades.
“Theirs is not an easy job by any stretch of the imagination. They will regularly see and experience things that will test their resolve.
“To be here ready to take on that challenge requires a great deal of compassion and commitment.
“It’s great to see that commitment to the WA community being passed down in families.
“The practical and theoretical training the graduates have completed will steel them for the demanding situations our State’s fire and rescue personnel confront every day, of every week, of every year.”