Canberra in safe hands with new firefighters

Ten ACT Fire & Rescue firefighters graduated today. These newly promoted station officers have completed a four-month development program and will now lead their firefighters.

“Each ACT Fire & Rescue device has a station attendant attached to the vehicle,” said the ACT Emergency Services Agency. “They are the leader of the team, and often the first on stage. It is the station officer’s job to monitor the incident and manage crew.”

The officers will act as Incident Managers for all types of emergencies and manage and maintain station facilities, equipment and administrative functions, said ACTF & R Chief Officer Matthew Mavity.

“I am proud to congratulate and welcome our newly promoted station officers, who have demonstrated the diverse skills and experience required to perform the varied work our firefighters perform,” said Chief Officer Mavity.

ACT Fire & Rescue’s newest station attendants are Matthew Barrett, Matthew Buchtmann, Jake Cannon, Peter Fitzpatrick, Peter Ingram, Kate Judd, Jesse Matthews, Dale McCormack, Mate Peric and Chad Porter.

Sir. Mavity said the organization was proud of continuing training and retraining of firefighters and providing opportunities within the service.

Mick Gentleman, ACT Minister of Police and Emergency Services, said the community would be in safe hands with the new station officers.

“The ACT Government is committed to providing Canberra with highly trained and skilled firefighters who are committed to protecting and supporting our community,” Mr Gentleman said.

“Our new station officers demonstrate exceptional leadership skills and all the skills needed to be the next generation of leaders in ACTF & R.”

Station officers begin in their new roles over the coming weeks.

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