Government to recruit 300 forest firefighters

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The state government is recruiting 300 forest firefighters to help keep Victorians safe over the upcoming fire season.

Environment and Climate Action minister Lily D’Ambrosio is encouraging Victorians, such as those living in Hume and Whittlesea, who are passionate about protecting their communities and the environment to apply to work with Forest Fire Management Victoria (FFMVic) as a project firefighter over summer.

“If you are keen to work outdoors and want to be part of a diverse and inclusive team that helps protect our communities and environment, then I encourage you to apply,” Ms D’Ambrosio said.

“This is a great employment opportunity for regional communities and I’d encourage people from all walks of life and backgrounds to consider becoming a seasonal project firefighter.”

The new positions are for a range of seasonal roles, such as general firefighters, fire support officers and rappel crews.

The positions will be based across regional Victoria and successful recruits will undertake emergency response activities, planned burning, pest and weed control, road maintenance and other land management activities.

Applications close on Sunday, July 31.