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Graduation day for Aboriginal firefighter, Gordon Bamblett

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11 Jul 2018
Aboriginal Australian Gordon Bamblett joins the ranks as an MFB firefighter today, alongside 30 Victorian Recruit Firefighters who have undergone 20 weeks of rigorous training.

Gordon’s accomplishment comes as Australia marks NAIDOC week and celebrates the rich culture, history and achievements of our first nation’s people.

Gordon had aspirations of becoming a firefighter from a young age. His first introduction to firefighting came after a visit to his local fire station near Robinvale, a small town south-east of Mildura.

Before joining MFB, Gordon worked as a Social and Emotional Wellbeing Project Officer at VACCHO, the peak body that represents all Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations in Victoria.

His work was focused on improving outcomes for Drug and Alcohol affected communities across the state.

MFB Chief Officer Dan Stephens said that the state’s fire and rescue agencies are actively looking to recruit people from diverse backgrounds so that emergency responders better reflect the community.

“This year our newest firefighters come from a range of backgrounds; from elite athletes, to nurses, members of the defence force, and ICT technicians,” said MFB Chief Officer Dan Stephens.

“MFB and CFA are committed to attracting new firefighters with a wealth of life experience who are representative of the community we serve.

“Gordon’s story is an inspirational one, and I hope that people who identify as Aboriginal Australians will consider firefighting as an appealing career path.

Gordon hopes to draw on his extensive experience working with people from a range of backgrounds, and his knack for building relationships with diverse members of the community throughout his firefighting career.

Gordon’s family hail from the Gunditjmara, Yorta Yorta, and Warlpiri nations, and his parents, grandmother, partner and three-year-old son, plus a number of relatives will be attending the graduation ceremony to help celebrate his achievement.

Following his graduation, Firefighter Bamblett will commence on shift with D platoon crews at Epping Fire Station next week.

The 31 newly graduated Firefighters are set to start at various MFB and CFA fire stations across Victoria in the coming weeks. 

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