Recruitment is underway for new Project Firefighters (PFFs) who want to play a part in
keeping their communities safe this upcoming bushfire season.
Deputy Chief Fire Officer, Tony English said: “Now more than ever, people understand
how vital our Project Firefighters are in protecting their communities and the environment.”
“We’re looking for people from all walks of life and backgrounds to join Forest Fire
Management Victoria over the summer season to help us with bushfire prevention and
suppression in Grampian’s parks and forests.”
There are approximately 12 positions available in the Grampians region for general
firefighters and fire support officers. A number of positions have also been identified for
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
“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,” Mr English said.
“No two days are the same and this is a great opportunity to learn new skills and be part ofa 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 PFFs 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, we will have more than 1,000 frontline forest firefighters
trained and ready for this coming season, with 600 PFFs and 340 permanent Forest Fire
Crews will be supported by a further 2000 staff from across the Department of
Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP), Parks Victoria, Melbourne Water and
VicForests who have a fire role in addition to their normal duties.
“These roles will help deliver our Safer Together program and ensure we work with
regional communities to deliver the best outcomes for the community,” Mr English said.
Employment is full-time for a period of up to 26 weeks, generally starting between
November and April. 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.