26 September 2023

Record recruits boost fire-fighter numbers

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Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) have recorded their highest recruitment achievement ever with 92 future firefighters joining up for training.

Minister for Fire and Emergency Services, Mark Ryan said once the record recruits’ training was complete, they would become part of Queensland’s front-line, ready to answer the call for help when their State needed them the most.

“They will all be tested against the high standards QFES expects of its firefighters to ensure they’re ready to respond to the vast range of emergencies or disasters they could be called to,” Mr Ryan said.

“As of 30 June, 145 firefighters have been recruited, ensuring the Fire and Rescue Service has the resources it needs to serve and protect communities across our State,” he said.

Commissioner for the QFES, Greg Leach said the recruits would spend 16 weeks together mastering the basic skills required to become firefighters.

“They will rely on each other in dangerous scenarios to look out for one another and keep their crew safe,” Commissioner Leach said.

“Each recruit is put through intensive training covering a breadth of skills including live fire behaviour, fire suppression techniques, bushfire, road crash rescue, technical rescue, and hazardous materials management.”

Queensland Secretary of the United Firefighters Union, John Oliver said the union welcomed the 92 professional firefighter recruits.

“At the last election, I called for this commitment of additional firefighters, and it’s pleasing to see the Government delivering on its commitment,” Mr Oliver said.

Recruitment has now begun for this financial year.

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