You do not need to have prior fire and rescue experience as you will develop the required knowledge and skills as you progress through the Trainee Firefighter School.
What you do need is the ability to learn new knowledge and skills, and the ability to apply these in time critical situations and stressful environments.
Selection occurs through a multi-stage process consisting of a number of behavioural, cognitive and physical assessments. Before you can apply, you must:
- be an Australian Citizen or have permanent residency with working rights;
- have a current first aid certificate (HLTAID003); and
- be able to obtain a Heavy Rigid (HR-B) drivers licence.
The 2019 firefighter recruitment campaign has now concluded. DFES is not currently taking Firefighter applications, however if you would like to be kept informed regarding future firefighter recruitment opportunities,
please register your interest here.
You will be assessed through a range of behavioural, cognitive, physical and medical tests to determine your suitability for the role.
Your personality and behaviours play an important role in determining if you are suitable to become a firefighter.
Behavioural assessments may include team assessments, interviews and personality indicator assessments.
You will be required to sit a set of tests that measure your numeracy, literacy and spatial awareness abilities.
You will also need to undergo a medical assessment. There are some conditions which may prevent you from being successful or may require you to be assessed further.
There are physical components to the role and we also assess your capacity to undertake these. The tests are designed to simulate the tasks that you would be expected to carry out at incidents.
This includes dummy and hose drags, equipment handling, a ladder climb and tunnel crawl. In addition, you will be required to reach a score of 9.6 on the beep test (shuttle run).
You can view a demonstration of elements of the physical testing here.