Fire and Rescue NSW is recruiting firefighters and Illawarra residents are invited to apply.

Calling recruits: Catherine Douglas, Michael Jay, Naomi Cocksedge, Sandy Scott, Warrawong station officer Paul Campbell and Vanessa McKellar. Picture: Greg Ellis.
Calling recruits: Catherine Douglas, Michael Jay, Naomi Cocksedge, Sandy Scott, Warrawong station officer Paul Campbell and Vanessa McKellar. Picture: Greg Ellis.

Fire & Rescue NSW is recruiting firefighters and Illawarra residents are invited to apply.

Inspector Michael Jay took the opportunity as duty commander at Wollongong Fire Brigade on Saturday to call out to anyone interested in applying for positions.

“Usually about 12 to 18 months they do this recruitment campaign. Generally around 6000 to 7000 people apply for around 120 positions. The training college is at Alexandria and the successful recruits do a 12 week course.”

The intake will be 50 per cent male and 50 per cent female. There is also an indigenous program. There are no age restrictions but there is a medical and fitness test to pass. Information sessions are being held mid to late October and links can be found at www.fire.nsw.gov.au.

“It is not just a job. It is a career, its a family, it is a lifestyle. It is everything you want in a profession. You are helping the community,” Insp Jay said.

Warrawong station officer Paul Campbell said in the fire brigade men and women were all treated equally. Everyone is a firefighter.