Project 2016, one of the biggest programs of works ever undertaken by CFA has achieved several major milestones so far this year. This includes the creation of 67 career firefighter positions with 39 of them already deployed to integrated fire stations in outer metropolitan and regional fire stations.
Recently, 25 of CFA’s career firefighters graduated from Course 2 of 2012 which included training at Fiskville, Longerenong Field Training Ground and the Bangholme campus. These new firefighters build on the Project 2016 target of creating 342 firefighter and operations positions.
Chief Officer, Euan Ferguson says CFA career firefighters play a key role in delivering fire and emergency service to the communities at integrated fire brigades around Victoria. “They do an outstanding job working with volunteers to ensure that 24/7 emergency service is met in places where population growth has put increasing demands on CFA for fire and emergency service response.” Euan says.
Project 2016 recently released its Annual Review, and a 4 page summary which highlights the program achievements over the past 12 months that include: Strong recruitment rate and training of new recruits on schedule; Creation of 65 career firefighter positions in Phase 1 of the Project; Deployment of additional career firefighters to Mornington, Rosebud, Patterson River, Point Cook, Melton, Traralgon and Sunbury; Establishment of operational staff positions at Hallam, Shepparton, Rowville, Dandenong, and Pakenham; Land purchased in Rowville for new integrated fire station
The Project 2016 Annual Review is now available for viewing on the Projects ‘online’ site at CFA’s Brigades on Line web site under the Projects tab in Fire & Emergency Management.