Lo­cal fo­cus on re­cruit­ment of fireys as po­si­tions open

Pilbara News - - News - Ali­cia Per­era

Kar­ratha res­i­dents keen to work as firefighters at­tended a week­end come-and-try day as part of an emer­gency ser­vices com­pany’s drive to re­cruit lo­cally rather than fly-in, fly-out work­ers.

Airser­vices Aus­tralia, which co­or­di­nates avi­a­tion res­cue fire­fight­ing at the Kar­ratha and Port Hed­land air­ports, is call­ing on res­i­dents to ap­ply for two new res­i­den­tial po­si­tions in Kar­ratha and four in Hed­land in re­sponse to the Pil­bara’s nor­mal­is­ing econ­omy.

Can­di­dates saw if they had what it takes at a have-a-go ses­sion at Dampier’s Hamp­ton Oval on Sun­day morn­ing, where they were put through fire­fight­ing phys­i­cal tests by a team of Perth fit­ness in­struc­tors.

Kar­ratha Air­port op­er­a­tions man­ager for avi­a­tion res­cue and fire­fight­ing Ross Eif­fler said firefighters at the two main Pil­bara sta­tions had been hired as FIFO work­ers when it was cost-ef­fec­tive dur­ing the min­ing boom, but times had changed.

“We will be re­cruit­ing lo­cally more and more. There’ll be a full changeover from fly-in, fly-out,” he said. “The cost-sav­ing is huge.” In WA Airser­vices Aus­tralia sup­plies avi­a­tion res­cue firefighters at Kar­ratha, Port Hed­land, New­man and Broome Air­ports, with its Broome sta­tion made up of lo­cal re­cruits.

Staff are also trained to han­dle first aid calls, fuel spills and fire alarms around the air­port.

For more in­for­ma­tion or to ap­ply for the new po­si­tions, go to airser­vice­saus­tralia.com.

Pic­ture: Airser­vices Aus­tralia

Kar­ratha's avi­a­tion res­cue fire­fight­ing ser­vice is con­vert­ing from fly-in, fly-out to lo­cal em­ploy­ees, start­ing with a re­cruit­ment cam­paign in com­ing months.

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