SIX northern suburbs firefighters are among the newest recruits joining the Department of Fire and Emergency Services.
The department has welcomed 24 graduates who recently completed a 17-week training course at the WA Fire and Emergency Services Academy.
These include Edgewater resident Cameron Armstrong, Sean Carson of Heathridge, Duncraig’s Martin Kitson and Adam Manera of Madeley, who will be posted at the Perth station, and Kingsley’s Brendan Atkinson and Daniel Gell of Quinns Rocks, who will join the Kiara team.
Mr Kitson was previously a firefighter in the UK for 11 years and said he was looking forward to continuing his career in WA.
“Firefighting is the best job in the world and I love that you get to help people in the community and never know what a day will hold,” he said.
“Working in WA’s extreme bushfire conditions will be a challenging new experience for me but one I am now trained and ready for.”
Commissioner Wayne Gregson commended the graduates for choosing a firefighting career.
“Our men and women face challenging situations every day as they turn out to emergencies and need to act quickly under trying circumstances,” he said.
“Firefighting is one of the most respected and honourable jobs in the community.”
He also urged people to prepare now for bushfires.
“Our firefighters are well prepared and ready to act but everyone has a role to play this bushfire season,” he said.
“Don’t wait until the last minute to act as it puts your family and our firefighters at risk.”