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Learn More About Fire Fighter Jobs

Fire fighters are responsible for responding to structure fires, serious roadway accidents, forest fires, and natural disasters. They have extensive training in suppressing blazes and rescuing individuals from dangerous situations. Fire fighter jobs are rewarding on a personal level and provide many qualified individuals with a lucrative income.

What You Can Expect From A Firefighting Job

If you are interested in the firefighting profession, it is important to become familiar with the entry standards as well as the employment conditions. In most territories in Australia, firefighter recruitments are done as needs arise. It is advisable to monitor the website of the fire service in your area for regular updates. Here is an overview of the general conditions you can expect from a firefighting job.

Basic Requirements For Being A Firefighter Recruit

If you are planning to become a fire fighter, it is vital to know the requirements of this career. Requirements for becoming a firefighter recruit are usually more stringent in large metropolitan areas because of the difficulty of getting access to homes and commercial buildings in compact locations. Generally, firefighting requires a level of training and knowledge so that recruits can be prepared to rescue people and deal with fires under various circumstances.

What Types Of Tests Are Required In The NSWFB Firefighter Recruiting Process?

Applicants for the NSW Fire Brigade must move through a series of tests to determine their suitability. Understanding the stages of this firefighter recruiting process allows potential applicants to prepare both mentally and physically. From online assessments through to personal interviews and medical questionnaires, this process takes time and may require several attempts before receiving an offer of employment.

The Best Way To Become A Firefighter In Australia

The best way to become a firefighter in Australia

I came across this question amongst the emails I receive, to start with I thought it was a bit of a strange question but I am going to give you my insight on the best way to become a firefighter in Australia.

First things first, you will need to decide if you are willing to move or if you would need to get a career with a fire service within commuting distance from your current residential location.

Once you have established whether or not you will move for the firefighting job it is then onto thoroughly researching the different fire services within your area. This could include employment with air services Australia as a firefighter, the state fire services or industry fire services within your given area. It is important to look at the role of a firefighter in each of these positions and decide which one appeals to you at the time.

Once you have chosen the no1 fire service you want to gain employment with you need to look at there recruitment process in detail as well as there conditions of employment as far as pay leave and roster go, this can vary dramatically from organisation to organisation. The employment conditions are important because it will dictate your lifestyle to some degree in most cases and you want to make a win in my opinion.

The best way to become a firefighter in Australia. Once you have completed the above you need to start looking at ways to position yourself favorably for selection so you don?t waste time on having to repeat the application process, in some cases this could cost you 12 months or more. 

I encourage getting as much help to give yourself the best chance at landing a firefighting job the first time. You can find someone that is in the service that you are looking to enter to guide you through the process, having a mentor is a surefire way to speed up your success in this process. A word of warning, make sure the information you are getting is up to date, this is a common pitfall for some applicants.

One of the key things you can do to help is as follows, get a copy of the position description from the fire service and start thinking about how your skills align with those on the position description, this sounds simple but is absolute gold. I can also help you with every detail of the process to give you your best chance and make sure you are not wasting valuable time energy and stress.

This is a brief overview of the best way to become a firefighter in Australia. I hope you have enjoyed it and got something out of it.

Feel free to comment and share this post I would love to hear what you think.

Cheers,

Brent

Career Paths Once You Have Landed That Firefighting Job

Career Paths Once You Have Landed that Firefighting Job.

On of the great things about a firefighting job is that once you get the job there is an absolute raft of opportunities within the different fire services as far as career paths and roles you can fulfil.
Don’t get me wrong, you still need to do your time coming up through the firefighting ranks, even in the early stage of your career there are many roles and opportunities you can fill.
Wether you have thought about it a great deal or you are just contemplating your approach to landing the much contested firefighting job it is something you should keep in mind.
I will list just a few of the career paths / roles you could pursue once you are in.
– Specialist rescue ie. rope rescue, road accident rescue, swift water rescue & urban search and rescue.
– Fire Investigation, this seems to be a fairly popular role amongst some of the very keen firefighters I know. It is also a very important role within the fire service. I had a chat with one of our guys who is now in the fire investigation unit full time and loving it.
– Management opportunities – as you go through your career you may find your niche within management, it is an area for continuous improvement and allows you to be exposed to a very different side of the fire service and its operation. This can be both on station and off.
– Peer support – this is a role where you help people deal with difficult situations that they have been exposed to that have caused them a great deal of stress and help them deal with it and begin to enjoy work more. A very important role but only suits some of us.
– Project opportunities – there are quite often opportunities to be seconded away from regular station duties for a period of time sometimes years were you can work on projects that are to be implemented into the fire service. these are great opportunities to work on specifics that really interest you or where you have a great deal of expertise.
– Liaison jobs – often a fire service will have a person dedicated to liase with other agencies such as police ambulance etc to ensure smooth delivery of service, although generally for those experienced in their firefighting job as long as you had a clear understanding of the services protocols and direction as well as having great communication skills it is an option available to you if you wish to apply.
– Air Operations – there are a large number of jobs and roles for people to fill in the air wing amongst the fire services, these are normally hotly contested but a determined and passionate person will prevail in my experience. This is becoming a larger part of operations due to the effectiveness also.
Hopefully I have given you some insight into the career paths and opportunities that will be available to you as a firefighter within the fire service. this is by no means a comprehensive list I just wanted to share with you some ideas so you can look at getting a firefighting job as a long term opportunity that can serve many of your interests and aspirations over the length of your career as a firefighter.
Please feel free to leave comment or contact me if you have any questions.
Cheers,
Brent Clayton

Is a Fire Service Job Really for You?

Is a Fire Service Job Really for You?

Firefighting, not just in Australia but
anywhere, isn?t all rescuing kittens from trees and rescuing grateful grannies
while women swoon over your display of bravery. Fire service jobs are very hard
work, and understanding the job before studying for the tests and applying for
the job will save you and others time and effort if you were to realize that it
wasn?t for you. Answering these questions is a key factor to understanding your
responsibilities.

Are you trustworthy and open?

Can your team trust you to do your part,
have their backs, and pull your weight; even if there is a huge pile of
pressure on you to push your limits? Can you do it safely?

Firefighting is a team job, and they are
generally a tight knit team. You?ll have to break into their clique and fit in.
You?ll need to be open to helping them develop their fire service skills, and
be open to criticism from them to hone your own skills, especially in the early
months. The learning curve for fire service jobs is steep, as mistakes can be
fatal.

Can you be trusted with members of the
public, especially when they are stressed? People affected by fires, and who
aren?t firefighters which get used to uncontrolled fire?s destructive
capabilities, are hysterical and exactly the opposite of calm. You need to be
their calming source and their confidence.

You will be a public figure and as such,
rules are set that you must be trusted to follow. Your Fire House is counting
on you to follow their uniform rules, and also their orders on how you deal
with the public, how you do your job and when you train. Often fire service
jobs require you to be on call 24 hours a day and 7 days a week in emergency
situations. Your loved ones may not see you for entire days and the job isn?t
over until it?s over, often you?ll be working until the work is done. Can you
be trusted to be at work when you?re needed and for as long as you?re needed?

Can
you handle trauma?

There are things people should never be
exposed to. There are things more disturbing than nightmares. And THEN there
are things that Firefighters see. Injuries to adults, deceased children, and
maimed animals are only the beginning of a long list of trauma you will
experience in the line of duty.

Are
you responsible enough to maintain your fitness and training?

Fire service is the kind of job that you
have to be at your best at all times. Your physical fitness is your
responsibility and your training is a mix of yours and your team?s
responsibility.  Your fitness is of
utmost importance: you will have to have the endurance to stay on your feet for
several hours, outside, in the middle of summer with a roaring fire so close
that you can feel the heat through your dozens of kilograms worth of protective
equipment.

Firefighting is not the cushiest office
job. Is this something you can handle?

These questions aren?t meant to scare you
away, but instead to make you realize the reality of fire service jobs. If you
do feel anxiety when you?re answering these questions, it?s not the end of your
dream to be a firefighter, but it does mean you need to work just a little bit
harder than those who don?t. If your response is outright fear, maybe
firefighting isn?t for you.

Regardless of your reaction, you can join a fire service job and you can become more comfortable with the
discomforts associated with it.

A bit of food for thought anyway.

Cheers,

Brent Clayton