Canberra in good hands with the 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 fire teams.

“Each ACT Fire & Rescue device has a station officer assigned to the vehicle,” said ACT’s Emergency Services Agency. “They are the leader of the team and often the first to arrive on the scene. The station officer’s job is to oversee the incident and manage the crews. “

Officers will act as incident managers for all types of emergencies and will manage and maintain the station’s facilities, equipment and administrative functions, said ACTF & R CEO Matthew Mavity.

“I am proud to congratulate and welcome our newly promoted station officers, who have demonstrated the diverse skills and experiences necessary to undertake the varied work our firefighters do,” said CEO Mavity.

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

Mr. Mavity said the organization prided itself on continual training and skill enhancement for firefighters and providing opportunities within the service.

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

“The ACT Government is committed to providing Canberra with highly trained and skilled firefighters, who go above and beyond to protect and support our community,” said Mr. Gentleman.

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

Station officers will begin their new duties in the coming weeks.

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