Airservices’ Aviation Rescue Fire Fighting Service celebrates second Direct Entry Recruit Course graduation

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Two dynamic former Defence servicewomen are among the brightest sparks who’ve recently graduated from Airservices Australia’s Aviation Rescue Fire Fighting Service (ARFFS) 2023 Direct Entry Recruit Course at our Melbourne training academy.

The training course – only the second conducted for experienced fire fighters in Airservices’ 28-year history – saw 24 exceptional recruits complete a gruelling six-week program, as opposed to the usual 15-week course for industry newcomers.

Airservices welcomed the direct-entry recruits from diverse backgrounds and workplaces including the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF), Country Fire Authority (Victoria), Queensland Fire and Emergency Services and more.

The graduates will now join ARFFS stations at 27 of Australia’s busiest airports.

Katie Mamo, 30 and Belinda Halt, 33, two of the three women aviation rescue fire fighters to graduate from the course, are excited about the chance to grow within the company and enjoy long, purposeful careers.

Katie, a former RAAF fire fighter, served in the Middle East following her Medical Science studies.

“I joined ARFFS to further develop my knowledge as an aviation fire fighter and challenge myself personally and professionally,” Katie said.

“I enjoy working in a strong team dynamic. Having worked in a leadership position in the RAAF, I feel I can rely upon my skills to help others reach their full potential.”

Belinda, also a former RAAF fire fighter, previously served with the Northern Territory Fire and Rescue Service, and is currently studying Elite Athlete Wellbeing Management.

“Why not ARFFS is the question!” Belinda said, when asked about her motivation for the job.

“It’s important to me to be a part of high-performing team that invests in its people, and it’s that culture along with the lifestyle stability that provides a solid foundation for a long-standing career at ARFFS.

“Like the rest of the ARFFS team, I have a passion for helping others, alongside a positive and eager attitude in support of our overall goal, which is ensuring the safe travel of all members of our community.”

Airservices currently employs more than 800 aviation rescue fire fighters.

ARFFS is the only national fire service in the country – a rapid intervention, first -response service which engages within minutes of any incident, responding to fire and other safety risks related to aircraft movements at 27 of Australia’s busiest airports. For more details, visit the Airservices ARFFS page.

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Airservices Australia is responsible for the safe and efficient management of 11 per cent of the world’s airspace and the provision of aviation rescue fire fighting services at Australia’s busiest airports. We connect people with their world safely – linking family and friends, generating economic activity, creating jobs and facilitating trade and tourism.

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