Mildura Weekly : Friday January 22 Vol 10 No 11
NEWS 17 FRIDAY, JANUARY 22, 2016 MILDURAWEEKLY.COM.AU By VINNIE RODI SIX new Mildura Country Fire Authority recruits, who have officially joined the lo- cal ranks over the past four months, are fast adjusting to the rigours of their new careers. Originally hailing from across Victoria – Boronia, Dandenong, Vermont South, Swan Hill, Benalla and War- ragul – the recruits are gradu- ates of three separate Victo- rian Emergency Management Training Centre (VEMTC) classes, with the first pair ar- riving in the region last Au- gust, and the last pair in late December. Recruits Daniel Carrew, 25, John Munro, 26, Bronson Amos, 25, Tyson Cheek, 36, Kyle McCarthy, 26, and Steve Venville, 30, said they were throughly enjoying life in Mildura following the com- pletion of an intensive 19- week VEMTC training course in Craigieburn. “It’s nice to put everything we have learned into practice and be on the job,” Bronson said. “Mildura has a great sta- tion, and I think we’re all very lucky to have ended up work- ing in this region. “There are a lot more op- portunities in Mildura, and already we’ve had the chance to deal with a range of jobs while also taking part in con- tinuation training.” Fellow recruit John Mun- ro described the 19-week VEMTC training course as a challenge, saying the initial focus was on “building the team that you’re going to be doing the training with.” “The course is four days on and four days off, and apart from the physical train- ing there is also a lot of the- ory involved,” he said. “You do bond very quickly with your group, and quickly for- get about the individual and worry more about the team. “You also gain a general understanding of the CFA as an organisation, and where we as firefighters fit within that.” John said each four-day period of the course covered a different area of training. “So one block you might be focused on hazmat train- ing, while another time you’re focused on BA train- ing,” he said. “Each week sees you tick off modules that you need to do the job.” Recruits are also faced with theoretical and practical assessments each week, not to mention numerous fitness tests. “If you prepare for the physical side of things it’s not as hard as it could be,” fellow recruit Tyson said. “Part of the recruitment process is about making sure that you’re ready to go, and everything they put you through at VEMTC certainly fits the physical de- mands of the job.” The oldest recruit amongst Mildura’s new batch, Tyson said joining the CFA had been “a personal life-long goal.” “I’ve always had other priorities in my life that have got in the way, and thankfully I was at a point where I could finally get in- volved and give it a go,” he said. Despite being an ‘old- er head,’ Tyson said age shouldn’t be a factor for anyone thinking of joining the CFA. “Within the recruitment course there’s a fairly wide age barrier,” he said. “My training group alone had re- cruits aged between 24 and 42 involved. “Once you’re on the course I don’t think age comes into it.” CFA Mildura acting op- erations officer, Cameron Grambau, said the addition of six new firefighters was a major boost for the organ- isation locally, and for the Mildura community. “Their arrival at the sta- tion will certainly help us cope with a recent manning increase in Mildura, where we now have six firefighters on duty during any shift,” he said. “It’s great for the community to know that these extra resources are available to help keep the region safe.” The CFA has added an additional 407 career fire- fighters and officers to its ranks since 2011, with the 2016 recruitment process to officially get under way in March. Information sessions will be held closer to the date, with more information available online at www.cfa. vic.gov.au/career. CFA recruits adjust to life in Mildura THE Mildura Library will receive ‘a ma- jor refresh’ thanks to the State Govern- ment, with Member for Northern Vic- toria, Steve Herbert, announcing that more than $161,000 had been granted towards a refurbishing project. Included will be the re-carpeting of the entire building, a new customer service desk and modifying the layout of the library to provide flexibility for various programs and services. Funding for the refurbishment will be in addition to annual funds pro- vided to council libraries as part of the State Government’s $40.5million Pub- lic Libraries Funding Program. Other initiatives implement- ed thanks to the fund include the $1.1million Premiers’ Reading Chal- lenge Book Fund, which allows librar- ies to purchase materials to support the Challenge. “I know just how well utilised and valued the Mildura Library is, and this funding will ensure it can continue to meet the needs of local residents now and into the future,” Mr Herbert said. Library funding boost MRIMF concludes Sunday THE 2016 Murray River International Music Fes- tival has only a few acts to go before concluding this Sunday. The remaining performances are: • Camerata Antica. The evening will begin at 7.30pm tonight at the Wentworth Town Hall. En- try is $25 for adults, $20 for concession. • Andera Verroretti is at the Art Vault from 1.30pm tomorrow. Entry is $20 for adults, $15 for concession. • Midsummer Night’s Picnic with Babagan- oush is at the Mildura Homestead from 7pm to- morrow. Entry is $25 for adults, $20 for conces- sion. • Seraphim Trio will be at the Mildura Art Centre from 4.30pm this Sunday. Entry is $25 for adults, $20 for concession. Tickets are available online at www.artsmil- dura.com.au, or at the Mildura Arts Centre. For further information contact 5022 9542. Big brekkie and market THE Australian Inland Botanic Gardens will host a Big Brekkie, market stalls and train tours from 10am Sunday. A 45-minute tour of the gardens will begin at 11.30am with a light lunch available from mid- day, with tea, coffee and drinks available through- out the day. Cost is $5 for adults, children under 12 free. For more information contact 5023 3612. • MEN IN UNIFORM: Mildura’s new firefighting recruits, left to right, Steven Venville, John Munro, Daniel Carew, Tyson Cheek, Kyle McCarthy and Bronson Amos. 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