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Thirty new firefighters start at Melbourne stations

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15 Jul 2015
Thirty new MFB firefighters will start work at fire stations across Melbourne this week.

The firefighters from Recruit Course 114 graduated on Saturday 11 July following a comprehensive 18-week course at the Victorian Emergency Management Training Centre in Craigieburn.

During their time 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.

"We are proud to welcome these new firefighters to MFB and trust they take to their new roles with enthusiasm and a commitment to building resilience in the communities they serve,” MFB CEO Jim Higgins said.

"Our firefighters are working more and more in partnership with all Victorian emergency management organisations, and their specialist skills are not only on display but are being sought  to assist communities in need across the state, and beyond."

Among the new recruits is former electrician Ashlee Shea, who was presented the prestigious Ross Leeder Award during the graduation ceremony.

The award is named in honour of Senior Station Officer Ross Leeder who made a valuable and unique contribution to the MFB, specifically to the training of firefighters and officers.

The winner of the award is determined through a ballot system with instructors casting weekly votes for the recruit best demonstrating initiative, a willingness to learn and encouragement of others.

Pic: Firefighter Ashlee Shea, winner of the Ross Leeder Award

Pic: Some of MFB's newest firefighters

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