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CFA/MFB Recruit Firefighter Course

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18 Aug 2014
Twenty-four new career firefighters have embarked on the first ever CFA/MFB recruit course.

Last Wednesday participants were inducted into the Victorian Emergency Management Training Centre (VEMTC) at Craigieburn.

The course itself commenced today (Monday 18 August) and runs for 17 weeks. There will be 12 recruits from each of CFA and MFB who will graduate together on 12 December 2014 and be awarded a Certificate 2 in Fire Operations.

This first ever combined recruit course for MFB/CFA career firefighters is a landmark initiative for Victorian emergency management reform. It will be independently evaluated and the results will be used to inform the next phase of the program.

As part of Emergency Management Victoria’s strategic action plan to achieve a single approach to recruit firefighters in Victoria, the course will evolve into a fully integrated training course over the next three years.
In the meantime, over ten weeks the twelve recruits from each agency will train together in classroom theory and practical drills.

CFA recruits will spend another seven weeks at Fiskville undertaking hot fire training, theory and driving training while their MFB counterparts continue with their curriculum at Craigieburn.

The Victorian Emergency Management Training Centre - Craigieburn, proudly managed by MFB, is part of a broader network of emergency management training facilities across the state and the first to use the new branding.  There are eight venues in the process of being branded under Emergency Management Victoria - proudly managed by CFA. These include: Fiskville, Longerenong, Wangaratta, West Sale, Huntly, Bangholme, Penshurst and the soon to be complete Mildura campus.

As Victoria’s emergency services work more closely together than ever before under the umbrella of Emergency Management Victoria, training together will strengthen our skills to collaborate and enhance our ability to work together seamlessly on major emergencies in the future.

It will also enhance interoperability and operational performance of the Victorian Fire Services through greater understanding of agency cultures and operating environments.

The Course Director is Brendan Angwin (MFB) and Deputy Course Director Chris Bigham (CFA). CFA will utilise Paul Elso as a site liaison to the Deputy Course Director for all training conducted at the Craigieburn Campus.  The course co-ordinators are John Leddin (MFB) and Chris Hall (CFA).  Course Instructors include eight instructors from MFB, five from CFA and specialist instructors for specific subjects as required.

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