The Honourable Natasha Maclaren-Jones MLC, Government Whip in the Legislative Council has welcomed 208 new Fire and Rescue NSW (FRNSW) recruits, after their graduation at the FRNSW Emergency Services Academy in Orchard Hills. 

Minister for Emergency Services David Elliott congratulated the new permanent and on-call firefighters.

“Becoming a firefighter is no easy feat. FRNSW attracts up to 8000 applications each year, yet of these thousands, only an elite few are chosen,” Mr Elliott said.

“These recruits will not only face fires. They are trained to respond to various incidents including medical emergencies, natural disasters, flood rescues and car accidents, environmental or hazardous material emergencies and counter terrorism.

Fire and Rescue NSW received a record investment of $900 million this financial year, to support frontline firefighters in protecting lives, property and to continue being prepared for anything.

The new recruits come from all over NSW and a range of backgrounds, including a former Nepalese firefighter, a former school teacher and an accomplished television production editor.