Port Pirie’s Metropolitan Fire Service has received a new addition to the team, Tony White, who has come from the Riverland with his wife Emma and son Jaxon.
Tony, a retained firefighter was one of 17 firefighter recruits who graduated last week in Adelaide and one of five previous part-time firefighters made full time.
Pirie’s latest addition comes with a background of personal training and wine production, but also simultaneously spent the past six years as a retained MFS in Berri.
There are many careers that a firefighter can chose to pursue including operational firefighting, community education, engineering, built environs, training, fire cause investigation, emergency call taking, management, urban search and rescue and hazmat.
Yet for now, Tony has been allocated to regional operations and will spend the next stage of his career in Port Pirie.
The Acting MFS Chief officer Michael Morgan says that today’s recruit firefighters are joining a modern firefighting organisation that continues to actively pursue diversity.
“Historically firefighting has been seen within society as a male domain. As an organisation, we continue to actively pursue applications from more women and people with culturally diverse backgrounds”, he said.
Recruitment for the next round of MFS firefighters closed in late July and attracted more than 2,200 applicants.