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20 New firefighter join the ranks

Published: 13th March 2008

NSW Fire Brigades (NSWFB) Commissioner Greg Mullins today welcomed 20 new recruit firefighters who will take on firefighting as a full-time career after 16 weeks of intensive training.

The newly qualified recruits start their new roles tomorrow and will be deployed to a number of stations across Sydney.

At a graduation ceremony held this morning, Commissioner Mullins said the recruits were ready to tackle challenging roles and were equipped with the necessary skills to protect the community and save lives.

"The everyday job of a firefighter is far more diverse than rescuing someone from a burning building or putting out fires," Commissioner Mullins said.

"During their firefighting careers these new recruits will not only carry out fire and emergency protection, but will fulfil important educational roles and responsibilities in the community to promote fire prevention and safety.

"I congratulate all the new recruits on their training achievements and graduation, and wish them well in their challenging careers with the NSWFB."

Prior to joining the NSWFB, the recruits of Class 6/2007 worked in a variety of industries including photography, plumbing, business and aerobic instructing.

After the graduation ceremony, the recruits demonstrated their new skills for family and friends.

Recruits have been assigned to positions at the following stations:

  • Peter Bugden - City of Sydney
  • Stephen McPherson-  Bonnyrigg Heights
  • Cain Cameron-  Kellyville
  • Matthew Miller-  Fairfield
  • Scott Cresswell-  Glebe
  • David Mullins-  City of Sydney
  • Richard Diefenbach-  City of Sydney
  • Lee Reading-  Crows Nest
  • Robert Dwyer-  Smithfield
  • Mark Reischl-  Lidcombe
  • Marc Favero-  Blacktown
  • Benjamin Ring-  Liverpool
  • Glen Hughes-  Blacktown
  • Kerry Smith-  City of Sydney
  • Sebastian Jacobs-  Crows Nest
  • Andrew Whiddon-  Schofields
  • Daniel Johanson-  Wentworthville
  • Robert Woodhead-  City of Sydney
  • Giles Keane-  Parramatta
  • David Wrightston-  City of Sydney