Airservices’ Aviation Rescue Fire Fighting Service recruit embraces ‘meaningful career’

Canberra’s Ken Porter, 23, has found his calling as an aviation rescue fire fighter recruit in Airservices’ 96th Recruit Course, which will see 48 new starters join the company this year.

He’s one of 24 new recruits in training now, with a further 24 to join our Aviation Rescue Fire Fighting Service (ARFFS) later this year.

“Joining ARFFS will help me build a dynamic, meaningful and rewarding career at Airservices, where I’ll be encouraged to achieve my full potential with like-minded people,” Ken said.

Airservices currently employs 759 aviation rescue fire fighters at 27 of Australia’s busiest airports. Another 72 fire fighters will join the service in 2023.

ARFFS is the only national fire service in the country – a rapid intervention,first response service which engages within minutes of any incident, whether it be a first-aid call, fire alarm or an aircraft in trouble.

Armed with a background in mining, construction and aviation, Ken also wanted to pursue a career as an aviation rescue fire fighter to complement his Commercial Pilot License studies.

“I’m inspired by people who take pride in their work and who feel accomplished in their field. I’m most looking forward to being part of a high-performing team where my contribution will be valued,” Ken said.

“I’ve found the training both highly challenging and rewarding. The ARFFS requirements to maintain a high level of fitness, while also being challenged to think critically when solving complex problems, are definitely big positives of the course.”

Each 15-week ARFFS recruit course requires trainees to obtain their Heavy Rigid Licence (truck), undergo a medical and complete a range of theory and practical rescue and fire fighting rotations.

Recruits learn about the theory about fire and hazard identification and how to use fire fighting equipment such as hoses and branches, breathing apparatus, personal protective equipment and more.

Airservices Aerodrome Head Chief Fire Officer Rob Purcell said he was proud of the new recruits’ efforts and the ARFFS team’s vital community role as aviation rescue fire fighting first-responders, operating a fleet of more than 100 of the largest fire-fighting vehicles in the country.

“These 96th Recruit Course trainees are busily learning the ropes and we wholeheartedly welcome them to the service, encouraging them to be the best version of themselves,” Rob said.

If you’re interested in becoming an ARRFS recruit, apply here.

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