Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council representative Chicka Madden with Firefighter Derek Walker.
AFTER completing 13 weeks of intensive training at the State Training College in Alexandria, newly graduated firefighter Mark Staples will start his career at the Marrickville Fire Station, with fellow firefighters Lance Tighe assigned to Campsie and firefighter Derek Walker to Ashfield.
The trio are among 22 new firefighters welcomed into the ranks of Fire And Rescue NSW (FRNSW) by Emergency Services Minister Troy Grant and FRNSW acting commissioner Jim Hamilton during a graduation ceremony on Friday.
Mr Grant says the graduates have a unique and rewarding career ahead of them.
"Our latest class of firies has received advanced training in firefighting, road-crash rescue, high-angle rescue, advanced first aid, community risk management, fire science and hazardous materials response. They will use these new skills to help keep our community safe," Mr Grant said.
A/Comm Hamilton said he was confident the graduating class would uphold the high standards of integrity, courage and professionalism expected of a FRNSW firefighter.
"It is a pleasure to welcome these firefighters to the full-time ranks," he said.