Graduates visit the Department of Fire and Emergency Services

Public Sector Commission

As part of the Public Sector Commission’s Graduate Development Program, each year participants are given the opportunity to visit different public sector agencies and hear from experts in the field.

On 27 June 2018, the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) hosted 28 participants from the graduate program. Mr Craig Waters, Chief Superintendent, Learning and Development Strategy and Emergency Management Command at DFES guided participants around the Forrestfield training academy.

At the training academy, participants learnt the functions and responsibilities of the department, and also inspected two firefighting vehicles, watched a firefighting display and road crash rescue. 

Feedback from participants was very positive and included:

  • ‘I thought the demonstrations were quite spectacular and the tour was very thorough’
  • ‘I really enjoyed the practical demonstrations as they provided me with an in-depth understanding of emergency processes’.
  • ‘The demonstrations were probably the best part. I felt I learnt a lot about what DFES does and that they are involved in a lot more than just putting out fires’.

The site visit to DFES is a great example of successful cross-sector collaboration between agencies.