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Five new ‘on-call’ firefighters for northern stations

AMONG the 264 who graduated from the Fire and Rescue NSW Emergency Services Academy today, five will be making their way to stations at Helensburgh, Scarborough, Thirroul and Balgownie as retained or on-call firefighters.

FRNSW Commissioner Paul Baxter congratulated the new recruits at today’s ceremony.

“Becoming a firefighter is no easy feat. We attract 6-8,000 applications each year, yet of these thousands, only an elite few are chosen,” he said.

Commissioner Baxter said the graduates have trained with passion and dedication to become part of the FRNSW family.

“These recruits have shown they have the diverse skills, capabilities and talents required to undertake the varied work that our firefighters do – from educating the community about fire safety and providing emergency medical care to responding to fires, natural disasters and hazmat incidents,” he said.

“They’ve been trained to be prepared for anything and I know they will uphold the high standards of integrity, courage and professionalism expected of a FRNSW firefighter.”

The On-call (Retained) Firefighters:

  • Michael Locke – Helensburgh
  • Dennis Lundin – Helensburgh
  • Joel Langley – Scarborough
  • Aaron Royall – Thirroul
  • Scott Peace – Balgownie

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About Mick Roberts

A Sydney journalist, writer and historian, Mick Roberts specialises in Australian cultural history, particularly associated with the Australian hotel and liquor industry. Mick has had an interest in revealing the colourful story of pubs, inns and associated industries in Australia for over 30 years. He is currently working on a comprehensive history of the hotel and liquor industry in the Illawarra region of NSW. Besides writing a number of history books, Mick has owned and managed several community newspapers. He was one time editor of the Wollongong Northern News, The Bulli Times, The Northern Times, The Northern Leader and The Local - all located in the Wollongong region. As a journalist he has worked for Rural Press, Cumberland (News Limited), Sydney based, City News, and Torch Publications based in Canterbury Bankstown, NSW. He currently calls the inner-Sydney suburb of Surry Hills home.

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