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Safety in numbers

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August 10, 2017

Hundreds more project firefighters will be recruited to join current firefighters, including Cath Joyce (pictured), before the summer fire season.

A total of 300 project firefighters will be recruited in time for the busy summer fire season, as well as 49 new permanent forest and fire operations officers.

The increased employment will help keep residents safer than ever before in the summer fire season.

‘‘Employing additional forest firefighters not only helps to keep Victorians safe, it also creates jobs in our communities,’’ Emergency Services Minister James Merlino said.

The project firefighters respond to bushfires, support seasonal planned burning preparation and delivery, and undertake roadside vegetation and fire-trail maintenance.

The permanent forest fire management staff undertake field roles across regional Victoria and perform critical roles in fighting fires and responding to other emergencies.

They also take part in the preparation and community engagement for planned burning, along with pest and weed control, and road maintenance.

These jobs will be based at Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) and Parks Victoria offices and depots in regional Victoria.

‘‘These new roles will help deliver Safer Together and ensure our prevention programs work with regional communities to deliver the best results,’’ chief fire officer Stephanie Rotarangi said.

Forest Fire Management Victoria will have more than 1000 frontline forest firefighters, supported by a further 2000 staff from across DELWP, Parks Victoria, Melbourne Water and VicForests.

To find out more visit www.ffm.vic.gov.au or phone 136186.

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