Five new recruits have started at the Warrnambool fire station in the past couple of weeks – three of them returning to the place they grew up.
Trev Moloney, Marty Jennings and Sam Worrall have moved back to the south-west after securing a posting to the Warrnambool fire station.
They have been joined by Evan Crilly and Tim Hetherington. They fill the positions left vacant by five other officers that have moved to other locations.
The 19-week training course is not easy to get into. “To get on our course there was 2400 applicants for 60 spots,” Mr Jennings said.
“It took me probably two years to get in, it’s a long process,” he said. Mr Moloney said: “first time around I went out early, the second time, straight through”.
Mr Moloney was a volunteer firefighter with the Allansford brigade, and Mr Jennings was a building contractor and a defence force reservist before they decided to become firefighters.
For one recruit, his first day on the job meant going to the spectacular Hamilton fire which destroyed a business.