The Hunter region has welcomed 30 new Fire and Rescue NSW recruits, after the graduation of another 208 firefighters.
The recruits, hailing from all over NSW, have a range of backgrounds, including a former Nepalese firefighter, a former school teacher and an accomplished television production editor.
NSW Minister for Emergency Services David Elliott congratulated the new permanent and on-call firefighters.
“Becoming a firefighter is no easy feat,” he said.
“FRNSW attracts up to 8,000 applications each year, yet of these thousands, only an elite few are chosen.
“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.
Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Taylor Martin said 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.
“On behalf of our community, I welcome the 30 recruits who are joining Fire Stations across the Hunter,” Mr Martin said.