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Its more than just fighting fires: FRNSW now recruiting

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Fire and Rescue NSW (FRNSW) are calling on men and women in the community to join its ranks and serve the community.

A new firefighter recruitment campaign, More than Fire, has been launched to encourage people with diverse skills and experience to pursue a career as a firefighter.

Nyngan Fire and Rescue Captain Rob Avard said the campaign is designed to attract the largest possible pool of candidates for permanent (Sydney full time) and retained (local on-call) firefighter positions.

“Its more than just fighting fires,” Captain Avard said.

“FRNSW firefighters are highly trained and trusted first responders on scene at road crash rescues, hazardous material incidents, severe weather related events, and play a crucial role in educating communities about fire safety,” he said.

Because of the diversity of the role, Captain Avard said the campaign is targeting applicants from a wide range of industries and fields and backgrounds, including people who may never have previously considered to apply.

“The skills required for the job are anything, from mines rescue, electrical, mechanics, carpenters, to nurses.”

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“Anyone with trade skills that can assist with not only a fire scene but can undertake a range of different functions including fire response and investigation, community engagement, rescue and hazardous material response are encouraged to apply,” he said.

The new campaign hopes to strengthen the emergency service, and aims to recruit over 300 retained firefighters over the next calendar year.

Applicants will need to complete an online application and undergo a series of tests, including problem solving and a Physical Aptitude Test.

“Thats one good thing about being a permanent or retained firefighter, theres the opportunity to be fit, and keep fit,” Captain Avard said.

“Theres training programs for physical fitness, health and wellbeing.”

Captain Avard is encouraging anyone who is interested in applying to get in contact with him about the role.

Candidates who are offered a place in the recruitment intake will undergo training at the new state-of-the-art FRNSW Emergency Services Academy, which will welcome its first class of recruit firefighters in 2019.

Applications close on November 19, 2018.

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