Father & daughter become MFS firefighter colleagues

Father & daughter become MFS firefighter colleagues

A long-serving MFS Station Officer and his daughter have become MFS firefighter colleagues.

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SO Graham Lynch, a 34-year MFS firefighter, proudly welcomed daughter Samantha as a new colleague when she graduated along with 17 other new full-time recruit firefighters.

“Samantha and her fellow recruits have contested a field of 2,200 people for the opportunity to complete a demanding 14-week training course and reach graduation. I’m thrilled for her that she’s realised her dream - and very proud,” SO Lynch said.

Recruit firefighter Samantha Lynch said growing up with a firefighter as a parent proved a huge inspiration for her.

 

MFS Image - SO Graham and daughter Samantha Lynch - old - IMG_1761 (002)“My father’s love of his job and commitment to community safety cemented my desire to follow in his footsteps. Joining Drill Squad 49 has been one of the most incredible experiences of my life.”

“As recruit firefighters, we’re all looking forward to serving the community as we go on shift for the first time across Metropolitan Adelaide and regional South Australia.”

The latest graduates hail from varied backgrounds, including teaching, disability services, carpentry, photography, retail, hospitality, forestry, electrical, insurance, sport, mathematics, astrophysics and science.

One recruit returned from active duty with the Royal Australian Air Force in the Middle East three days prior to joining the 14-week MFS recruit training course.

Other graduates include a Retained (part-time) MFS firefighter from Pt Pirie and the Riverland, CFS volunteers, a surf lifesaver and members of the Australian Navy and Army.

Each recruit firefighter has completed more than 700 hours of challenging physical training and attended in excess of 100 lectures.

MFS Chief Officer, Greg Crossman congratulated the latest recruit squad and said the MFS intends to recruit full-time firefighters again soon.

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“The MFS launched its first diversity in recruitment campaign a year ago – and we remain committed to diversifying, so that our workforce increasingly reflects the community we serve.”

Since the diversity campaign, culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) applicants jumped from one per cent to 10 per cent of all applicants, while applications from females nearly tripled from 4.7 per cent to 12 per cent of all applicants.

This has translated to an 18 % success rate for CALD applicants and a 6 % success rate for female applicants joining a recruit course in 2017.

“I encourage people who want to give back to the community, work as part of a team, think on their feet, solve problems under pressure, interact with people from different backgrounds and cultures, pursue further study and keep fit and healthy – to apply when applications next open,” MFS Chief Officer Crossman said.

Each recruit firefighter has the opportunity to develop their career at the MFS in various areas, including operations, community education, engineering, built environs, training, fire cause investigation, triple zero communications, management, Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) and Hazmat.