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Career firefighting info for women willing to join

An upcoming information session is aiming to show women that they can have a career as a firefighter.

WOMEN who’d like to hear about firefighting as a fulltime career can come along to an information session at 10am on Saturday, 9 May at Bangholme, in Melbourne’s south east.

The session will feature presentations from current CFA female career firefighters who will talk about their experiences on the job.

Attendees will have the option to try out practical skills and physical challenges they might encounter on the job and as part of the application process.

CFA’s Tegan Fisher said firefighting as a career was well worth considering for fit, active, women who were looking for something different. “We are trying to raise the profile of career firefighting to try to attract more females into our career firefighter ranks,” she said.

The information session is a good chance to meet current firefighters, get a sense of what the job is about, and to get first-hand guidance on preparing for the physical tests and challenges. “It’s a challenging role and a very competitive application process – but once you get through the benefits are fantastic. “The work-life balance is excellent, not to mention the sense of satisfaction and reward you get from interacting with diverse sections of the community.

Our new recruits are surprised by not only the daytoday variety but the options and career pathways that open up to them.”

Ms Fisher said that applicants did not need any firefighting or emergency services experience, but said it was compulsory to have a full, manual drivers licence and to be an Australian citizen or permanent resident. After graduating from a 19-week recruit course, CFA career firefighters are posted to one of the 30-plus integrated stations in regional Victoria or the outer areas of Melbourne.

Bookings are essential for all information sessions – these include the Women in Career Firefighting session and also three regional sessions (for both men and women) at Mildura, Wodonga and Traralgon.

To register for an information session, or find out more about firefighting as a career, visit cfa.vic.gov.au au/career.