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MFB welcomes sixty new firefighters

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18 Dec 2015
MFB has welcomed sixty new firefighters into the ranks, just in time for summer.

Firefighters from Recruit Courses 116 and 117 celebrated their graduations with pass out parades and a fire fighting demonstration at the Victorian Emergency Management Training Centre in Craigieburn this month.

The ceremonies were held on Thursday 10 December and Friday 18 December, following an intensive 18-week training course where they learned all the necessary skills to work as a modern firefighter in Melbourne’s changing landscape.

Training exercises during the recruit course include drills on a variety of simulation props including a ship, a petrol station, a public transport system with a train, tram and city-loop style tunnel, high rise apartments, and a petrochemical plant – all designed to expose and prepare the recruits for the type of incidents that they will come across as emergency service personnel.

MFB Chief Officer Peter Rau has congratulated the new firefighters and welcomed them to the fire brigade.

“While fire fighting and fire prevention may still be our core business, as the newest members of our frontline service delivery team, they will experience first-hand the changing nature of our operating environment,” Chief Officer Peter Rau said.

“These sixty new firefighters are prepared not only to respond to emergencies, but to work with communities to deliver education and advice with an aim to ultimately help stop preventable fires occurring and build resilience.”

The firefighters will be deployed to work at MFB’s 47 fire stations located across Melbourne.

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