Jamie’s ready to protect community

New firefighter Jamie Meaden.
New firefighter Jamie Meaden.

Ms Meaden is the only female member of this most recent firefighter intake and will be based at the Rockingham Fire Station.

Emergency Services Minister Joe Francis said the upcoming bushfire season was expected to be a long and challenging one.

‘Firefighters are on the frontline protecting the community in dangerous conditions and the choice they have made to serve the people of WA is commendable,’ he said.

The minister said despite the boost to the State’s fire services before summer, the community was reminded that bushfire preparation and response was a responsibility we all shared.

The 16-week career firefighting course, conducted by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services, includes training in road crash rescue, structural firefighting, bush and vegetation firefighting, urban search and rescue, hazardous materials and community safety.

This year’s group includes mechanics, metallurgists, physiotherapists and landscapers.

Seven recruits will be posted to regional career fire stations, including Bunbury, Geraldton and Kalgoorlie.

Firefighters responded to 3805 bushfire incidents during the 2012-13 season.