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Graduation day for MFB and CFA recruit firefighters

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12 Dec 2014
Twenty-four career firefighters will graduate today from Victoria’s first ever joint agency recruit firefighter course.

The course is also the first to take place at the newly-opened Victorian Emergency Management Training Centre at Craigieburn.

Twelve firefighters from each agency spent the past 17 weeks training together through both classroom theory and practical drills.

“This course is a landmark initiative for Victorian emergency management reform,” MFB Chief Officer Peter Rau said.

“CFA and MFB training departments have worked closely to ensure the current high training standards of both agencies are maintained. The course is designed to better equip firefighters to work together seamlessly during emergencies.”

Each of the firefighters graduating today will be awarded a Certificate II Public Safety Firefighting and Emergency Operations.

CFA Chief Officer Euan Ferguson said each of the 24 recruits had a duty to protect life, property, and the community.

“Today they march out to join either CFA or the MFB, becoming a member of a global family that holds the trust and respect of communities.”

He said the two agencies frequently worked closely together at emergencies ranging from structure fires to bushfire, rescue, hazardous materials or aviation incidents. 

The 24 firefighters will commence working at fire stations across the state from next week.

Graduate firefighters

Shayne Anderson  MFB
Nathan Browne CFA
Anthony Burke MFB
Ben Connolly CFA
Beau Cook CFA
Lachlan Dews CFA
Jarrod Gardner CFA
Ben Griffiths CFA
Jarrod Hepburn CFA
Brian Herbert MFB
Paul Karlis MFB
James Kavanagh MFB
Jonathon Lui CFA
Daniel Marks CFA
Jordan McGregor MFB
Edmund Moyle MFB
Daniel Nelms MFB
Joel Paton MFB
Nicholas Power CFA
Simon Ryan MFB
Nathan Shell CFA
Christian Stewart MFB
Michael Suban MFB
Ben Vickery CFA

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