Northern Territory Fire and Rescue Service’s newest Firefighters graduated at a ceremony held at the Darwin Fire Station on Thursday, 22 December.
Ten members from Squad 2/2011 graduated in front of Minister for Police, Fire and Emergency Services, the Honourable Paul Henderson MLA, Her Honour the Administrator of the Northern Territory, Ms Sally Thomas AM, and Chief Fire Officer of the Northern Territory Fire and Rescue Service, Mr. Steve Rothwell, AFSM.
The recruit Firefighters were subject to a strenuous 16 week fitness schedule including training for structure fires, bushfires, road accident rescue and hazardous materials. They participated in a vast range of work activities to prepare them with the latest techniques and skills for use during their career with the NT Fire and Rescue Service.
Six of the recruits are Territory based, alongside two from SA, and one each from Victoria and NSW respectively. Five men and one woman will remain in Darwin, and four have travelled down to Alice Springs to commence their careers with the NT Fire and Rescue Service.
Director and Chief of Fire and Rescue Service, Steve Rothwell, said the value that the community places on the NT Fire and Rescue Service related to the quality of its Firefighters and the valuable service they provide. “We recruit the best people for the job to provide the best possible service to the community,” he said. He wished the new Firefighters success in their careers with the NT Fire and Rescue Service.
Congratulations to our newest Firefighters; Matthew Barrett, Melanie Baum, Robert Fitzgerald, Gerard Hernan, Drew Ivison, Cameron Kahl, Christopher Mitchell, Andrew Stewart, Paul Williams and David Woodbury. Firefighter Melanie Baum will now become the second female career Firefighter within the NTFRS.
Firefighter Paul Williams won the Physical Fitness Award. This award is presented to the Recruit who has displayed the best overall results in the areas of endurance, strength, flexibility, self motivation and team work.
The award for the Most Dedicated Student was Firefighter Robert Fitzgerald.
The winner of the Silver Axe was Firefighter Christopher Mitchell. The Silver Axe is a traditional award presented to the recruit who has excelled in overall development and study commitments and has earned the respect of his/her peers and instructors by showing exemplary achievements in all facets of the recruit course. These cover academic achievements; practical Firefighting; leadership; communication skills; social interaction; personal development and teamwork.