Forest Fire Management is calling on residents who want to play a part in keeping their communities safe this upcoming bushfire season.
Recruitment is now underway for new project firefighters to join Forest Management Victoria over the summer season to help with bushfire prevention and suppression in Gippsland’s parks and forests.
There are approximately 30 positions available in Gippsland region for general firefighters and fire support officers.
A number of positions have also been identified for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
Forest Fire Management’s deputy chief fire officer, Bethany Roberts, said that now more than ever, people understand how vital project firefighters are in protecting their communities and the environment.
“Project firefighters are on the frontline fighting bushfires, conducting planned burns, managing roadside vegetation, maintaining access to fire trails and roads and supporting other emergency work,” Dr Roberts said.
“No two days are the same and this is a great opportunity to learn new skills and be part of a diverse and inclusive team that helps protect our communities.
“Successful recruits receive comprehensive training and get the opportunity to work with experienced personnel from a range of fire management agencies. Many past project firefighters have gone on to rewarding careers in permanent roles within the department.”
Project firefighters are based at more than 80 locations throughout the state, adding to the existing workforce of 300 firefighters currently on three-year contracts.
Once recruitment is complete, Forest Fire Management will have more than 1000 frontline forest firefighters trained and ready for this coming season, with 600 project firefighters and 340 permanent forest fire operations officers.
“These roles will help deliver our Safer Together program and ensure we work with regional communities to deliver the best outcomes for the community,” Dr Roberts added.
Applications for project firefighters are open from Friday 31 July and close on Sunday 23 August.
For further information and to apply visit www.ffm.vic.gov.au or call 136 186.