Community service

Perth Firefighter Justin Knapp Joins Family Legacy of Community Service

Duncraig station firefighter Justin Knapp, one of Perth’s many new firefighters, is following in his family’s footsteps.

The 33-year-old grew up with his father, grandfather and uncle working in the fire and emergency services.

“I saw what and how they contributed to the community, but also how much they loved their work,” he said.

“Dad was a Communication Center officer for 29 years, my grandfather a firefighter who retired as district officer after 36 years and my uncle is currently a station officer who has been in the brigade for 32 years. .

“I always remember visiting dad at the old Hay Street fire station and it was a really welcoming environment where everyone was treated like family – many daddy’s, grandpa’s and many best friends. uncle’s were also co-workers. ”

Justin is a heavy diesel mechanic by trade, having worked in the mining and resource industry. He evolved into supervisory and management functions.

“The idea of ​​being a firefighter was something I always had in mind, but I didn’t make my decision until a few years after completing my apprenticeship and having gained some experience under my belt,” he said. declared.

“I felt like I was missing something in my job and was drawn to firefighting as a career where I could contribute to the community. I have definitely found so far that in work no day is the same, and it is challenging but rewarding work.

“I started my first shift at the station in December and the first few weeks were unreal. Work is what everyone says and more. The team were instantly welcoming and I was fortunate to learn from firefighters who have been on the job for 30 years or more.

“I encourage anyone who is considering applying to give it a try. The training is extremely difficult and will push you out of your comfort zone, but it is worth it in the end because the work and the work is so rewarding.

As the communications center operator, Justin’s father was part of a frontline team that answered triple zero calls and obtained vital information from callers so they could dispatch fire crews and d emergency in the event of an incident.

Justin is one of 23 new hires to WA Career Fire and Rescue after completing a 21 week course.

Other graduates include David Filippone at Butler Station. The 27-year-old was a quarantine inspector and spent four years in the army reserve as a rifleman.

Former health and safety adviser Sam O’Connell, 28, has joined Osborne Park station.

The course includes training in maritime and aerial firefighting, HAZMAT, road accident rescue and structural firefighting.

More than 1000 people applied to the program.

For more information on career and volunteer positions, visit dfes.wa.gov.au/careers.