FIRE READY: The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) and Parks Victoria are calling for residents to put their hand up and become project firefighters. Picture: CONTRIBUTED THEDepartment ofEnvironment, Land, Water and Planningand Parks Victoria are encouraging residents to put their hands up to become project firefighters, ahead of this year’s bushfire season.
Wimmera district manager Russell Manning said the department and Parks Victoria werelooking to recruit 800 firefighter in 80 locations across the state, including 43 new recruits to be based across Horsham, Edenhope, Cavendish, Halls Gap and Wail.
Mr Manning said the department was looking for a wide range of people to step up and become project firefighters.
“We want to boost our intake of female and Aboriginal people in the workplace,” he said.
“Traditionally we have low numbers of both applying.We’re keen to see a range of people applying for the roles.
“We employ a lot of permanent staff who come through the project firefighter ranks.
“Improving diversity in project firefighters means we’ve got a great pool of people who are accessible for us to employ.”
Mr Manning said the roles were a vital part of keeping the Wimmera safe during the bushfire season.
“The work is vital,” he said.
“Some staff start in September to prepare for the upcoming fire season.
“Traditionally we’ve had an early fire seasonso it’s making sure we’re boosting existing firefighters with resources to combat any spring fires.”Mr Manning said last spring, firefighters faced 30 early blazes.
He saidan adequate firefighting forcewas an essential factor thatensured these were kept under control.
He said recruits received extensive training under the guidance of experienced staff.
Mr Manning said there were few requirements outside of applicants holding a driver’s licence and being able to pass fitness and medical standards.
“A lot of the work is engaged in firefighting to protect our communities and engaged in planned burn programs,” he said.
Mr Manning said applications for the 18, 26 or 34 week positionsclosed on September 4, with further information available by calling 136 186.
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