A GRADUATE firefighter from Eden Hill has commenced duties at Kiara Fire Station after completing an intense 17-week program this month.
Bradley Roberts (35) was among 24 graduates of the Fire and Emergency Services Academy where they developed their skills in firefighting, road crash rescue, hazardous materials and community safety.
Mr Roberts, a former construction worker, said he wanted to move on from the construction industry.
“I spent 15 years in construction as a rigger and about five years ago, my son was born so I wanted a change in career,” he said.
Mr Roberts said firefighting supported and gave back to the community while construction was just “working for the money”.
He said his early days at Kiara Fire Station had been very good so far but he wanted to take on bigger tasks in the future.
“I just want to get through the firefighting development program and then see how my career takes me from there,” he said.
Fire and Emergency Services Commissioner Wayne Gregson said it required a lot of dedication and commitment to serve the community.
“To decide to become a firefighter is an admirable choice, with firefighters often confronted with high- pressure situations, where they need to make split-second decisions to protect life and property,” he said.