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Fire fighters wanted


If you've got bush skills, are keen to see some of Tasmania's most beautiful parks and reserves and don't mind a bit of smoke, then the Parks and Wildlife Service would like to hear from you.

Parks and Wildlife Service General Manager Peter Mooney said the Parks and Wildlife Service is currently recruiting up to 25 seasonal fire fighters as it prepares for the coming bushfire season.

"Each year the PWS employs a seasonal fire crew to assist its permanent staff in a range of fire management activities around the State," Peter said.

"The PWS has an important role to play in managing fire as it is the manager of parks, reserves and Crown land that make up nearly 40 per cent of the state."

The PWS is looking for both men and women with practical bush skills, including having some experience with chainsaws, and are used to working in a team.

Applicants will need to pass a medical and a fitness test and a range of training will be provided to those who are successful.

The fire crew is based in Hobart but undertakes activities including clearing of fire trails, wildfire suppression and fuel reduction burning around the State. T

The appointments are for the next two fire seasons. One group will start in late October and finish in early May 2006 and the second group will start in January 2006 and finish at the end of March.

Applications for the fire crew close on September 9. Further information about the positions is available on the website www.jobs.tas.gov.au or PWS technical officer, John Duggan on 6233 6639 during business hours.

This initiative is part of the State Government's commitment to progressing
Tasmania Together Goal 21 - Value, protect and conserve our natural and cultural heritage.