Three new Fire and Rescue NSW (FRNSW) recruits will begin their careers in the Tweed following the latest graduation of more than 200 new officers at the FRNSW Emergency Services Academy in Sydney.

“Two of these new on-call firefighters will be attached to the Banora Point Station and the other will be at the Tweed Heads Station,” Mr Provest said.

He said becoming a NSW firefighter was a big deal with just a few hundred graduating each year from around 8000 initial applications.

“We are getting the best of the best not just to put out fires but also deal with a range of other emergencies, natural and man-made disasters and, yes occasionally, cats in trees,” Mr Provest said.

The Nationals in NSW Government are investing a record $900 million into Fire and Rescue NSW this financial year,

For some of the recruits, NSW Fire and Rescue is their first career, while others have interesting backgrounds including a former Nepalese firefighter, a school teacher and a television producer.