Forestry Corporation seeking seasonal firefighters

Forestry Corporation of NSW is currently recruiting seasonal firefighters to bolster its firefighting capability during the summer months.

Forestry Corporation’s Maitland-based Protection Supervisor Peter Tarjanyi said this was the fourth year seasonal firefighting staff had been brought on for the fire season.

“Forestry Corporation staff are trained firefighters, so we are always ready to quickly respond to a fire, but each year we bring on a number of seasonal staff in the local area to boost our firefighting capability and give us the extra firefighters we need if a wildfire breaks out,” Mr Tarjanyi said.

“We are looking for people who have a high level of fitness, enjoy working outdoors, who are available to work from September until around February next year depending on weather conditions and who can work after hours and on weekends as required.

“A core part of the seasonal firefighting role is responding to fires locally, being on standby during fire season and assisting with firefighting in other parts of the state if required.

“If we are lucky enough to have a quiet fire season, we also have a program of summer work for our seasonal staff in State forests throughout the local area ranging from road maintenance to maintaining picnic facilities and walking trails and hazard reduction burning.”

Forestry Corporation’s Fire Management Officer Cameron Wade said firefighting staff were provided with rigorous training in a range of skills.

“Forestry Corporation manages more than two million hectares of State forests in NSW and is responsible for preventing and suppressing bushfires in these forests as well as assisting in wildfire management across the state, as part of NSW’s coordinated firefighting effort,” Mr Wade said.

“We take our firefighting responsibilities seriously so we put all of our seasonal staff through intensive training so that they are ready to deploy to fires locally and state-wide as required throughout the summer.

“Seasonal firefighters are trained to nationally recognised units of competency in bushfire fighting as well as in a range of other skills from first aid training to operating four wheel drive vehicles.”

Forestry Corporation is seeking people with a range of skills and encourages people with diverse backgrounds and experience to apply for these roles.

Find out more about seasonal firefighting positions. Details available roles and how to apply is available at https://iworkfor.nsw.gov.au/

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