Summer firefighting recruitment opens | The Border Mail

Cath Joyce from Corryong

Cath Joyce from Corryong

Forest Fire Management Victoria has begun recruiting project firefighters and new permanent forest and fire operations officers across the state to help keep people safe this fire season.

“Statewide, there are 300 project firefighters positions available along with 49 new permanent forest and fire operations officer roles,” Hume acting assistant chief fire officer Shaun Lawlor said.

For more information and to apply online, visit www.ffm.vic.gov.au or phone 136 186.

Project firefighters, and forest and fire operations officers, respond to bushfires and other emergencies, help deliver the planned burning program and undertake a variety of fire preparedness activities including road, track and firebreak maintenance.

“Advertising commenced this week for project firefighters and 15 permanent forest and fire operations officers in the Hume region,” Mr Lawler said.

“These forest firefighters are an important addition to our resources as we prepare for the upcoming fire season.

“This fire season, Forest Fire Management Victoria will have over 1000 forest firefighters, supported by a further 2000 staff from across DELWP, Parks Victoria, Melbourne Water and VicForests, who have a fire role in addition to their normal duties.”

They also assist with the ongoing maintenance and improvement of forest recreation sites, pest and weed control works, and other forest management activities.

These jobs will be based at Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) and Parks Victoria offices and depots in regional Victoria.

This summer, Forest Fire Management Victoria ran a video project to follow around eight Project Firefighters across the state to capture their experience behind the scenes.

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