Fire and Rescue campaigning for new recruits

ROOKIE: Castle Hill Fire and Rescue members David Sharp, station officer Brett Johnson and David Simonian are looking for new recruits to join the team. Picture: Isabella Lettini
ROOKIE: Castle Hill Fire and Rescue members David Sharp, station officer Brett Johnson and David Simonian are looking for new recruits to join the team. Picture: Isabella Lettini

From burning blazes to saving kittens from trees - and even appearing in the occasional cheeky calendar – no day is ever the same for a firefighter.

For Castle Hill station officer Brett Johnson, the job is about giving back to the community.

“You get to do things that no one else does,” Mr Johnson said. 

“When people are in times of need, we get to reach out to them and help them. It makes you really feel like you are making a difference.

“For us game day is every day - we are here to save lives and property and we are trained to get it right – every time.”

Registrations for Fire and Rescue NSW’s latest recruitment campaign, Life First, are now open and wannabe firefighters have until November 15 to apply.

The application process comprises of several stages, including an online form, physical aptitude test, interviews and online assessments.

Mr Johnson said the emergency service was looking for team- and community-minded men and women.

“We are looking for people who have drive and have different skills,” Mr Johnson said. 

“There’s great camaraderie and we see another side of society that most people don’t see because we are on the scene of the car accidents that people drive passed.

“It’s a job that makes you feel like you are making a difference but you have to have the patience.”

New recruits will spend 13 weeks in completing rigorous training at Fire and Rescue’s academy in Alexandria.

“I encourage anyone who has ever dreamed or thought about becoming a firefighter to pop into their local fire station,” Mr Johnson said. 

FRNSW Commissioner Paul Baxter said the campaign was designed to attract a diverse range of applicants from all industries and fields.

“We need people with problem solving abilities, who enjoy team work, are resilient, have good judgement and are motivated,” he said.

“We want to attract people who might not otherwise consider joining fire and emergency services.

“Firefighters help anyone, anywhere, anytime. They respond to any emergency and are also passionate about safety, education and prevention.”

Details: fire.nsw.gov.au.