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Nearly 300 women apply to be MFB firefighters

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04 Mar 2016
MFB has received what is believed to be one of its highest number of applications from women hopeful of becoming a recruit firefighter, making up 45 per cent of the total number of applicants

Applications for recruit firefighters opened on Monday 1 February, with 350 positions available each for men and women.

An impressive 290 women have submitted applications and will enter the process alongside 350 male applicants, sitting the written test on the second weekend in March.

The positive response comes as a result of MFB’s Strong, Fit, Focused campaign, which encouraged individuals with the mental and physical strength to apply to be a recruit firefighter.


The campaign was the first proactive recruitment campaign MFB has run in a decade, engaging sporting and social groups across Melbourne and promoting firefighting as an appealing career option for women on social media.


The campaign also aimed to boost MFB’s cultural diversity, with Strong, Fit Focused campaign material promoted on Arabic, Chinese, Hindi and Vietnamese websites.


“MFB is seeking to increase the diversity of our workforce to ensure we deliver the best possible safety outcomes for our community,” MFB Chief Executive Officer Jim Higgins said.


“Firefighting is a challenging and incredibly rewarding profession, and to best serve  the community, duties carried out now include Emergency Medical Response, fire education, and community engagement, as well as fighting fires.”


“I wish all our applicants the best with the next phase in the recruitment process and hope they train hard for the physical challenges that lay before them.”


Interested applicants who missed out on this recruitment round may be able to apply later on this year or in early 2017. Please check the website regularly for information: http://www.mfb.vic.gov.au/Recruitment.html

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