22 Graduates join firefighting ranks

Issued: 1 September 2017

After 13 weeks of intensive training, 22 firefighters today graduated into the ranks of Fire & Rescue NSW (FRNSW) following a ceremony at the State Training College in Alexandria.

Minister for Emergency Services Troy Grant and FRNSW Acting Commissioner Jim Hamilton AFSM congratulated the new firefighters on joining one of Australia's most trusted professions.

Mr Grant said the graduates have a unique and rewarding career ahead of them.

"Our latest class of firies has received advanced training in firefighting, road-crash rescue, high-angle rescue, advanced first aid, community risk management, fire science and hazardous materials response. They will use these new skills to help keep our community safe," Mr Grant said.

"Today these graduates join our firefighting family, and as they put their new skills to work, they will no doubt continue to learn from their outstanding peers.

"I wish the graduating class well in what is an important, yet often challenging profession, and I thank them for choosing to dedicate their careers to the protection of lives and property across the State."

Acting Commissioner Hamilton said he was confident the graduating class would uphold the high standards of integrity, courage and professionalism expected of a FRNSW firefighter.

"It is a pleasure to welcome these firefighters to the full-time ranks," Acting Commissioner Hamilton said.

Since 2011, 625 firefighters in total have joined FRNSW's ranks.

The second class of 2017 will take up positions at the following fire stations:

Adam Andrew
City of Sydney
Robert Attanasio
Joel Bartley
Broken Hill
Melanie Baum
City of Sydney
Christopher Cassady
City of Sydney
Annie Cronin
City of Sydney
Julie Denton
City of Sydney
Aliysa Gibbons
Ropes Crossing
Joseph Griffin
Natalie Hawes
Kris Herington
Ivor Kades
City of Sydney
Dominic Karpierz
Alice King
Zel Nejaim
Broken Hill
Sonia Nunez
City of Sydney
Kerrie Phillips
Samantha Purves
City of Sydney
Jodi Ryan
Mount Druitt
Mark Staples
Lance Tighe
Derek Walker