Fire and Rescue NSW urge people to become firefighters

Retained firefighter Emma Park is hoping to move to a permanent firefighter role.

Retained firefighter Emma Park is hoping to move to a permanent firefighter role.

HAVE you ever thought of a career as a fire fighter? Fire and Rescue NSW (FRNSW) has launched its 2017 recruitment campaign and want you to consider joining the ranks.

Dubbed ‘Life First’, FRNSW want more people like Port Macquarie retained firefighter, Emma Park, to consider becoming a fulltime firefighter.

“It’s an exciting job. It’s awesome and I’m looking forward to doing the permanent training myself,” she said.

“It’s an active job and it’s not boring. I had heard a bit about the challenges you get faced with and it appealed to me so I joined.”

Miss Park works a normal job at the moment, but is excited to move to a permanent position with FRNSW.

“It is a dream of mine for sure,” she said.

“We have two permanent and three retained female firefighters, and I see there are more and more women joining every recruitment drive.

“It’s been a great journey so far and I’d suggest anyone who has an interest to explore getting into it. It is hard work, physically and mentally, but it’s worth it.”

FRNSW Commissioner, Paul Baxter QSO, said the campaign was designed to attract a diverse range of applicants from all industries and fields.

“We need people with problem solving abilities, who enjoy team work, are resilient, have good judgement and are motivated,” he said. 

“By creating a broader view of a ‘firefighter’, we can tap into more skills, more capability and more talent.

“We want to attract people who might not otherwise consider joining fire and emergency services. 

“Firefighters help anyone, anywhere, anytime. They respond to any emergency and are also passionate about safety, education and prevention.”

For more information or to reserve your place at the information session in Surry Hills, visit https://www.fire.nsw.gov.au/page.php?id=10

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