PLENTY of men and women are interested in a firefighting career, judging by the response to the latest NSW Fire Brigades recruitment drive. Emergency Services Minister Tony Kelly said there had been a 30 per cent jump in people coming forward.
“More than 6800 people applied for a position, compared with 5210 in 2006, which demonstrates a high demand for one of our most challenging jobs,” Mr Kelly said.
“Competition is tough, with only 160 of the finest expected to make it to the ranks of full-time firefighters.
"Firefighters today need a diverse range of skills and must be able to deal with many different emergencies including rescues, hazardous chemical spills and recovery following severe storms.
“They are also likely to be involved with community education and fire prevention.”
NSW Fire Brigades Commissioner Greg Mullins said selecting the best candidates was difficult.
“We have chosen recruits who will bring a variety of skills to the job and who will be able to deal with complex situations involving fires and other emergencies,” Mr Mullins said.
The successful recruits then complete a demanding 16-week training course at the NSW Fire Brigades State Training College at Alexandria in Sydney.