Member for Goulburn Wendy Tuckerman has welcomed eight new firefighters with the latest recruits graduating from the Fire and Rescue NSW (FRNSW) Emergency Services Academy at Orchard Hills.

“These firefighters will be a great boost to our communities, who can rest assured that their first responders have received world class training and will be equipped for whatever challenges they face,” Mrs Tuckerman said.

“On behalf of the community, I am pleased to welcome these firefighters to their new stations: Sharon Woods at Crookwell, Ellen Ryan at Goulburn, Emma Kirkland at Moss Vale, Craig Abbott, Naomi Eccleston, Brett Huyton, Brooke Watson, and Daniel Wilson at Yass on completing your training,” Mrs Tuckerman said.

Minister for Police and Emergency Services David Elliott congratulated the recruits for embarking on a rewarding career that will ultimately put them on the frontline when it comes to protecting their communities.

“The men and women who graduate as part of this class have already shown that they have what it takes to protect the irreplaceable,” Mr Elliott said.

“These Fire and Rescue personnel begin 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.”

This month the NSW Government announced a $192 million investment in response to the Independent Bushfire Inquiry, including $36 million for a new first responder mental health strategy that will support all emergency service first responders