St Marys Fire Station has welcomed its newest recruit, Alan Fritsch.
He was among 24 new firefighters who joined the Fire & Rescue NSW ranks after their recent graduation at the State Training College.
Recruits trained in firefighting, road crash rescue, high-angle rescue, community risk management, fire technology and hazardous materials management during the 13-week course.
Thousands of people applied for firefighting positions this year.
"We want communities throughout NSW to be served by a modern and dynamic firefighting workforce that reflects the diversity, culture and skills of society," Commissioner Greg Mullins said.
The $12.7 million upgrade of the Kurrambee School is on track to finish early next year.
Education Minister Adrian Piccoli and Mulgoa MP Tanya Davies recently inspected the building works at the Werrington school.
"It was great to see the progress on the site, and construction is approximately 60 per cent complete and is on track to be completed in late January 2014," Mrs Davies said.
"The building slabs are in place, the wall frames have been erected and the roofing is on. We were told that it may even be possible for some of the staff to move in before the end of the year."
The works include 12 new classrooms, five refurbished classrooms, a special programs room, hydrotherapy pool, multipurpose hall, covered outdoor learning area and staff study and resource centre.
"This is the first major purpose-built building works that the school will operate in throughout its 50-year history," principal Lisa Moffat said.