26 September 2023

Country people invited to be firefighters

Start the conversation

The Forest Fire Management (FFMVic) is looking for people across north central Victoria keen to work outdoors, learn new skills, and help protect the community and the environment.

The Management has announced that applications were now open for project firefighter roles in 15 locations including Avoca, Bendigo, Castlemaine, Cohuna, Heathcote, Inglewood, Rushworth, St Arnaud, Mildura, Werrimull, Hattah, Underbool, Swan Hill, Rainbow and Robinvale.

According to the Acting Deputy Chief Fire Officer of FFMVic, Paul Bates the fixed-term positions were an opportunity for people from all walks of life who were physically fit, to get out in the bush and protect their region from bushfires and help maintain public land.

“New recruits will be involved in responding to bushfires, conducting planned burns, looking after recreation areas, pest and weed control, maintaining access to fire trails and roads, and supporting other emergency work to help protect the community and environment,” Mr Bates said

“They can also be called on to support other emergencies like last year’s Victorian floods. Many of the forest firefighters deployed to the current Canadian bushfires started their careers as project firefighters.”

He said FFMVic recruits seasonal project firefighters every year.

“Roles include general firefighters, fire support officers and rappel crew firefighters. Firefighters are employed on a full-time basis for a fixed term period from October until April,” he said.

Mr Bates said ideal candidates would be fit and healthy and hold a current manual driver’s licence and there were also positions designated for Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander people.

“Successful recruits will be fully trained and get the opportunity to work with experienced staff from a range of fire management agencies across the state,” he said.

“These are very rewarding roles, where no two days are ever the same.”

Applications close on 30 July and applications can be made on this PS News link or by calling 136 186.

Start the conversation

Be among the first to get all the Public Sector and Defence news and views that matter.

Subscribe now and receive the latest news, delivered free to your inbox.

By submitting your email address you are agreeing to Region Group's terms and conditions and privacy policy.