Fire and Rescue NSW received a record investment of $900 million this financial year, to support frontline firefighters in protecting lives, property and to continue being prepared for anything.

I joined Minister Elliott at Menai Station to welcome two new recruits to the team.

Becoming a firefighter is no easy feat. FRNSW attracts up to 8000 applications each year, yet of these thousands, only an elite few are chosen.

I congratulate the three graduates in my electorate, two who have joined Menai Fire Station and one graduate who will be stationed at Bundeena.

The new recruits come from all over NSW and a range of backgrounds, including a former Nepalese firefighter, a former school teacher and an accomplished television production editor.

Minister for Emergency Services David Elliott congratulated the new permanent and on-call firefighters.

“These recruits will not only face fires. They are trained to respond to various incidents including medical emergencies, natural disasters, flood rescues and car accidents, environmental or hazardous material emergencies and counter terrorism,” Mr Elliott said.