The Metropolitan Fire Service (MFS) will today welcome 18 recruit firefighter graduates to its ranks, three of which are the children of experienced serving MFS firefighters.
Recruit firefighters Darcy Armfield, Kim Fitton and Max Renfrey will join their fathers, Station Officers Michael Armfield, Peter Fitton and Dean Renfrey as members of the MFS firefighting fold.
“I’m delighted to officially welcome these 18 new firefighter graduates to the MFS who do a fantastic job on the frontline helping to keep our community safe,” said Minister for Police, Emergency Services and Correctional Services Corey Wingard.
“These 18 graduates should be enormously proud of their achievements and hard work having graduated after contesting a competitive field of 2,200 applicants.
“They’ve completed 700 hours of challenging physical training and attended more than 100 lectures during their 15 week recruit course to graduate today, and could not have achieved this gruelling schedule without the unconditional support of family and friends.”
Recruit firefighter Kim Fitton, who has a background in retail, mining and construction, grew up wanting to follow in his father, MFS Station Officer Peter’s footsteps.
“I’ve always had a desire to serve the community as a firefighter and applied five times over the past 12 years before earning a place in Recruit Squad 51. To anyone who is passionate about a career in firefighting, I’d encourage them to persevere as I did,” Recruit firefighter Fitton said.
Kim’s father, Station Officer Peter Fitton said he’s humbled by his son’s achievement.
“Kim and his entire group of recruits have competed with more than two thousand other people to earn a spot in this squad, and they’ve toiled hard over the past 15 weeks to graduate today. I’m very proud of Kim and his fellow recruits and look forward to working with them,” he said.
MFS Chief Officer, Greg Crossman said the 18 recruit firefighters graduating today now hold a privileged position protecting and serving the community.
“MFS firefighters are called upon to help the community when people are at their most vulnerable. Our graduating recruit firefighters will now be entrusted to battle structure fires and bushfires, respond to road crash incidents, rescue people and neutralise hazardous materials incidents. They’ll protect lives, property, vital assets, the environment and the state’s economy.”
“As their careers progress, they’ll have the opportunity to pursue many career paths available to them. This could include operations, community education, engineering, built environs, training, fire cause investigation, triple zero communications, management, Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) and Hazmat,” MFS Chief Officer Crossman said.