Firefighter Recruitment 2024


Table of Contents – Firefighter Recruitment Status by State 2024

Firefighter Recruitment 2024 for Australian firefighters

Update for professional firefighter recruitment in Australia and New Zealand

Hi guys! Brent here with a firefighter recruitment 2024 update for you. This recruitment update is a living update as I’m writing this on the first day of the year.

It’s been a while since my last update and I am happy to announce that it looks like fire service recruitment is returning back to normal this year. Hopefully, we’ll see stable roll outs of firefighter recruitment dates in the months ahead. I will also include the aptitude testing provider for each service to give you the best chance of becoming a successful applicant. You can see each fire departments hiring process in more detail

It is shaping up that some of the biggest recruiters are looking to start their recruitment drive for permanent firefighters in the early stages of 2025 which is terrific news if you have not started your preparations yet. In the 10+ years I have been helping people become career firefighters having the time to prepare for the testing and get really familiar with the role of a firefighter has been a big factor in most successful candidates competing at the highest level.

QFES firefighter recruitment QLD – 2024


Following last year, QFES are doing aptitude by test type in batches. The first segment being Mechanical exam followed by Core Abilities which is a combination of the other test types. If you are an Elite Member, don’t forget to jump on special online sessions to get all the help you need in preparation for the exam segment that’s coming. Other stages of recruitment for QFES will remain the same. They should still be short of the rumored 400 target headcount. This is great news for the applicants as this would definitely mean an intake this year!

Aptitude test provider

QFES is still using supervised Pearson VUE exams for the written test

Recruitment Dates & Outlook

QFES is started recruiting 5th October 2023. Recruitment will close 28th January 2024.

FRV firefighter recruitment Victoria

Aptitude test provider

FRV is looking to stick with the same process and Pearson VUE as their testing provider for the written examination

Recruitment Dates & Outlook

FRV recruitment forecast: JUL 2024 for second batch of last year’s applicants, Looking towards FEB 2025 for potential new recruitment.

No concrete information about when the next round will be. It is now more important than ever to work on your preparations. For those of you who are preparing ahead particularly for the interview, you can check out the firefighter interview questions resource for some guidance.

NSW Fire and Rescue firefighter recruitment


Revelian has been bought out and rebranded to Criteria late 2021. However, FRNSW still retained the traditional Revelian test at least for the previous intake. This means, anyone preparing for application this year and the years to come might see a new test provider. Rest assured we will have our finger on the pulse and we’ll update you as soon as we know more.

Aptitude test provider

Fire and Rescue NSW will be using Criteria formerly Revelian.

I have prepared Criteria / Revelian practice test information as well as some information around the work safety, work reliability and emotify test.

Plan your course of action wisely to make sure you get yourself in the best shape possible to deal with the competition. I believe the competition will be as fierce as ever in NSW this year. Make sure you are familiar with the sequential testing process and online application process

Recruitment Dates & Outlook

Firefighter application for FRNSW were open March 2025 – July 2025

here is more in-depth information on the application process for this years frnsw recruitment process of professional firefighters

DFES – WA firefighter recruitment 2024


DFES applications are currently closed as I’m writing this 2024 update.

I am happy to say that a lot of our members from the previous intake are reporting their success in the firefighter application journey which shows that the program is helpful to those who have yet to start theirs.

See this updated article inside of our Blog Page for Firefighter Interview FAQs recently. Be sure to check that out.

Aptitude test provider


Recruitment Dates & Outlook

DFES recruiting outlook for 2024 coming

Air Services – ARFF firefighter recruitment 2024 dates


ARFF recruited 4 September to 15 December 2023. The rest of the recruitment stages seem to be the same as those before and are not expected to change anytime soon.

Aptitude test provider At this stage, the ARFF recruitment process looks to be staying the same with SHL as the test provider.

Recruitment outlook 2024

ARFF opened recruitment much earlier in 2023. This year looks to be much the same. This is great news! It means there is definitely a need to fill posts in Air Services as airports have opened following the long hiatus brought about by the pandemic.

SAMFS recruitment 2024 dates


SAMFS recruited in April 2022 after a very long dry spell.

Aptitude test provider – The test provider is still Converge + SafeSelect so this means they will be staying with Cognify as their cognitive exam and SafeSelect as their personality test.

We have practice material for both Cognify practice test and SafeSelect inside of the membership training courses. To those who are not part of the program yet, feel free to reach out to us via email, LIVE Chat or on Facebook to get a free copy of the SAMFS mini-course.

Recruitment outlook 2024

SAMFS is yet to announce the recruitment date for 2024.

The 2022 SAMFS recruitment team was very quiet about their intake plans for the previous year and surprised everyone when they just rolled out back in April. I won’t be too shocked if they do the same thing this year. Better start preparing now.

ACT Fire and Rescue recruitment 2024 dates


ACTFR application window has started and is open until 25 OCT 2023.

Aptitude test provider – ACT have retained Hudson psychometric test as their exam provider which was a bit of a shock for applicants. We have created Hudson tests ready to use in Membership.

Recruitment outlook

ACTFR recruited 9 October – 25 October 2023.

NT fire service recruitment dates


NT Fire and rescue last recruited in October and November 2023. They stuck to the same recruitment process as the previous year and the big hurdle that knocked out the majority was once again the aptitude test.

Aptitude test provider

NT Fire & Rescue are currently using OPRA Psychology Group, We have created practice material in the e-learning.

Recruitment outlook 2024

It seems like the end of 2024 will be the next recruitment for NT.

Tasmania Fire Service Recruitment 2024


TFS will recruit around mid 2024

Aptitude test provider

Tasmania fire service retaining – Cognify. Sample exercises and mini-course analysis are available inside of Membership and via our facebook group. The psych provider for TAS is currently Safe Select looking variety of personality traits and attitudes.

Recruitment outlook 2024

Mid to late 2024

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Use the resources inside the members area where there are FREE TOOLS with step-by-step guidance and the opportunity for personal support as well as firefighter recruit practice tests.

I have more in-depth information on the firefighting aptitude test as well as a free practice test to give you an idea of how well you might do when you are undertaking the aptitude tests. You will want to understand where you are at due to each fire and rescue service having so much competition at each intake.

For serious potential candidates looking to get selected in the next 12 months. You can book in and have a chat to see if there are any spots available in my accelerator program and more importantly if it would be suitable for you. You can register your interest via the quick assessment page.

This is where we use our proven best practices to guide you through every stage of the process with mentoring sessions to work on your potential roadblocks before they cost you another year and the associated frustration.

As I’m writing this we are accepting applications but once we reach 15 people the program closes for the year. This fills up every recruitment and comes with a guarantee if you’re happy to do the hard work. If it is suitable for you but full we can hold a position for you in the following year or recruitment whichever comes first.

If this sounds like something you may be interested in, the next step is to do my quick assessment here.



Note: Some services offer special recruitment streams for Aboriginal and torres strait islander people (traditional custodians of the land) if you are either of these it may be worth enquiring to see if the service you are applying to does offer one of these recruitment streams

Brent C

After becoming a Firefighter, I developed a massive interest in the Fire Services Recruitment and Selection Processes. I've been in the fire service working since 2007 to learn everything about how Fire Services Recruitment works. I've tested and refined proven methods to help people get the edge over the competition. Today, over 300 of my former students are living their Firefighter dream.

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