The Tweed is set to be better protected against fires this summer with the arrival of eight new firefighters fresh from the latest graduation at Fire and Rescue NSW (FRNSW) Emergency Services Academy at Orchard Hills in Western Sydney, according to Tweed Nationals MP Geoff Provest.

“This is great news for the Tweed and on behalf of all locals I welcome the new recruits to our area, “Mr Provest said.

Clayton will join the Tweed Heads Fire Brigade, Sophie, Cody and Zachary will be at Banora Point while Jackson, Luke, Scott and Leanne will be based at Kingscliff

Mr Provest said they recruits were beginning their careers at a time when our frontline workers have never been more necessary, and they know they will have the full support of the NSW Government throughout their new careers.

The Nationals in NSW Government recently announced a $192 million investment in response to the independent NSW Bushfire Inquiry, including new FRNSW tankers and personal protective clothing.

FRNSW Commissioner Paul Baxter said the graduates have trained with passion and dedication to become part of the FRNSW family.

“These recruits have shown they have the diverse skills, capabilities and talents required to undertake the varied work that our firefighters do – from educating the community about fire safety and providing emergency medical care to responding to fires, natural disasters and hazmat incident,” Commissioner Baxter said.