Fire fighters launch recruitment drive
SENIOR fire fighter Shane Hulbert of Lismore brigade said after watching his great-grandfather, grandfather and father all work as fire fighters, it was his obvious career choice from a young age.
“It’s in the blood,” he said.
“I’m a fourth-generation fire fighter and I have been in the job for 25-years.
“We have actually had seven members who have worked for Fire and Rescue NSW.”
Being part of and helping the community was a prime motivation for Mr Hulbert to join FRNSW.
“That’s what the job is all about, especially here in Lismore,” he said.
After two weeks on the job, Mr Hulbert said he knew it was the career for him.
“My first major fire (was) in Kings Cross where we pulled an elderly woman out of a burning unit and performed CPR on her and brought her back to life,” he said.
“For me it was like wow, we saved this woman’s life and that’s what we do.
“Being a fire fighter is a very community minded job and it’s great working within a team.
“Your brigade becomes like your family.”
Fire and Rescue NSW Commissioner Greg Mullins launched the recruitment campaign this week, which will run until the end of May.
At the launch Commissioner Mullins issued a pledge for parity, which will see an equal number of recruit positions made available to male and female applicants.
“Our world-class emergency service organisation relies on intelligent, highly skilled, ethical and professional individuals from all backgrounds,” he said.
“We are looking for people who can commit to FRNSW's values and contribute to our fire education and prevention programs, while working in close-knit teams to respond to a wide variety of emergency and disaster situations.
“Fire and emergency prevention and response is one of the most important and rewarding careers imaginable.
“Firefighters are respected community members; and being a firefighter provides you with the opportunity to make a real and ongoing difference to the people of NSW, Australia, and the world.
“If you’re an intelligent, fit, healthy and community-minded man or woman looking for a unique challenge, firefighting could be the career for you.”
Applicants will have to pass a physical aptitude test, an interview and online verification check and a medical assessment.
For more information visit www.fire.nsw.gov.au.
Applications close on May 30.