Almost 60 new firies join the emergency services agency

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Fifty-eight rural firefighters were recruited in time for the 2020-21 fire season… Photo: Nathan Schmidt

THE ACT Emergency Services Agency (ESA) welcomed 48 new recruits today (November 16) after there were record levels of interest in joining the agency, according to Emergency Services Minister Mick Gentleman.

Fifty-eight rural firefighters were recruited in time for the 2020-21 fire season following the last season, which was one of the busiest fire seasons on record in the ACT and NSW, according to Emergency Services Agency commissioner Georgeina Whelan, who says volunteers worked tirelessly to protect the community both in the ACT and across borders.

A further 10 members with previous firefighting qualifications were also recruited into operational roles to further enhance bushfire management and response.

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