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Project Firefighters wanted in Hume region

By David Rak

Recruitment is underway for new Project Firefighters (PFFs) who want to play a key role in keeping their communities safe this upcoming bushfire season.

There are approximately 20 positions available in the Hume Region for general firefighters and fire support officers.

A number of positions have also been identified for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Deputy Chief Fire Officer Aaron Kennedy said Now more than ever, people understand how vital Project Firefighters are in protecting their communities and the environment.

“We’re looking for people from all walks of life and backgrounds to join Forest Fire Management Victoria during the summer season to help us with bushfire prevention and suppression in our region’s parks and forests,” he said.

“Project Firefighters are on the frontline fighting bushfires, conducting planned burns, managing roadside vegetation, maintaining access to fire trails and roads, and supporting other emergency work.

“No two days are the same, and this is a great opportunity to learn new skills and be part of a diverse and inclusive team that helps protect the community.

“Successful recruits receive comprehensive training and get the opportunity to work with experienced personnel from a range of fire management agencies. Many past PFFs have gone on to rewarding careers in permanent roles within the department.

“Project Firefighters are based at more than 80 locations throughout the state, adding to the existing workforce of 300 firefighters currently on three-year contracts.

“Once recruitment is complete, we will have more than 1000 frontline forest firefighters trained and ready for this coming season.”

Crews will be supported by staff from across the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP), Parks Victoria, Melbourne Water and VicForests who have a fire role in addition to their normal duties.

Employment is full-time for a period of up to 26 weeks, generally starting between November and April.

Applications for Project Firefighters close August 31.

For further information and to apply visit ffm.vic.gov.au or call 136 186.