Fancy yourself a frontline firefighter?

By Vanessa Wiltshire

HEATHCOTE is in the front line of a recruitment drive for new project firefighters (PFF) to conduct important bushfire prevention work in central Victoria.

Acting Murray Goldfields district manager Adrian Parker said positions would be based here and at Forest Fire Management Victoria (FFMVic) and Parks Victoria depots in Avoca, Bendigo, Maryborough, Rushworth, St Arnaud, Castlemaine, Echuca, Cohuna, Inglewood and Macedon.

“We are looking for women and men to join FFMVic over the summer season to assist with the prevention and suppression of bushfires in Central Victoria’s parks and forests,” Mr Parker said.

“There are a number of positions available in the Murray Goldfields District for general firefighters and fire support officers with several positions that have been identified for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

“Project Firefighters are on the front line fighting bushfires, conducting planned burns (pictured) and undertaking roadside vegetation and fire trail maintenance.

“No two days are the same, and this is a great opportunity to learn new skills and be part of a diverse and inclusive team that helps protect communities in central Victoria.

“Successful recruits receive comprehensive training and get the opportunity to work with experienced personnel from a range of fire management agencies.

"Our firefighters are men and women from all walks of life and backgrounds, and many past PFFs have gone on to rewarding careers in permanent roles within the department.

“Project Firefighters are based at more than 80 locations throughout the state with 300 positions available in total, adding to the existing workforce of 300 firefighters currently on three-year contracts.

“Once recruitment is complete we will have over 1000 frontline forest firefighters trained up and ready for this coming season, with 600 PFFs and 340 permanent Forest Fire Operations Officers.

“Crews will be supported by a further 2000 staff from across the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP), Parks Victoria, Melbourne Water and VicForests, who have a fire role in addition to their normal duties.

“These roles will help deliver our Safer Together program and ensure we work with regional communities to deliver the best outcomes for the community.”

Employment is full-time for a period of up to 26 weeks, generally starting between November and April.

Applications for Project Firefighters close on Sunday, August 25.

For further information and to apply visit or call 136 186.