Victoria to hire 170 new permanent firefighters

The Brumby Labor Government has begun recruiting 123 permanent firefighers who will help make Victoria fire-ready and fire-safe as possible and assist with important planned burning activities.
Environment and Climate Change Minister Gavin Jennings has announced the Department of Sustainability and Environment was calling on Victorians to sign up for the positions which are part of the 170 new permanent positions announced by the government as part of the response to recommendations made by the Victorian Bushfires Royal Commission.

Mr Jennings also announced that three Eriksson Aircranes will be strategically based at Essendon, Latrobe Valley and Ballarat to provide even faster first-strike capabilities in response to bushfire.

“As part of our response to the Victorian Bushfire Royal Commission’s findings the Brumby Labor Government is investing AU$382.4 million in additional funding for fire preparedness and suppression and to more than double fuel reduction over the next four years to 275,000 hectares a year,” Mr Jennings said.

“We are committed to providing more support for volunteers, more firefighers for the CFA, MFB and DSE and additional new equipment as part of the overall AU$867 million package to reform the firefighting effort announced in August. Source: Government of Victoria

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