Age Requirements To Join Fire Services in Australia

Age Requirements To Join Fire Services in Australia

Country Fire Authority (CFA)

The minimum age to become a CFA member is 16 years (16 & 17 years olds will need parental consent), and some Brigades also run a Junior Program for 11-15 year olds.

There is no age limit. However, you must have a full, manual driver’s license to apply (You are ineligible if you have a probationary license).


Aviation Rescue Fire Fighter (ARFF)

At least 18 years of age


Metropolitan Fire Brigade (MRB)

MFB is an equal opportunity employer and therefore, other than being old enough to hold a driver’s license, applicants of any age who consider themselves suitably skilled are welcome to apply.


Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES)

There are no specific age limits to becoming an auxiliary firefighter, with the exception of compulsory retirement at 65.

It is preferred that you have a manual driver’s license when you apply and obtain an MR license within 12 months of appointment. Department of Transport and Main Roads require you to have held your C class license for 12 months before you can be issued with an MR.

Department of Fire and Emergency Services

While there are no specific age restrictions or ranges for applicants, in order to be suitable an applicant must hold their Heavy Rigid Drivers License and this usually requires them to have held their normal C class license for a minimum of 2 years.

As a general guide, the majority of successful applicants are aged between 25 and 35 years.


Metropolitan Fire Service (MRS)

No age restrictions as long as you pass the minimum entry requirements


Fire and Rescue NSW (FRNSW)

No age limit but you must have a current motor vehicle drivers licence (or equivalent which can be transferred to an Australian Licence) when applying . The minimum is a Provisional P2 – green licence


Northern Territory Fire and Rescue (NTFR)

No age limit, however there may be age restrictions in relation to the Medium Rigid Licence,this is something you should check with your local Motor Vehicle Registry office



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Nothing contained in this post is to imply any endorsement from the CFA/MFB or its representatives.
  • 2015-01-12

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