NSW Fire Recruitment 2017 & 2018
Willing to help anyone, anytime, anywhere? That’s part of the course if you are a NSW fire fighter. It’s no ordinary job. It’s a role that’s challenging, rewarding and so varied! You could be dealing with hazardous and toxic substances one day and dealing with a bunch of kids at a Kindergarten the next (fire education is a key part of the role).
Looking to join Fire & Rescue New South Wales (FRNSW)? Then read on – ordinary people need not apply. I have written this article to give insight for the current NSW Fire Recruitment 2017 & 2018
The Role of Fire & Rescue New South Wales.
FRNSW has around 7000 employees and 7000 volunteers– that’s 14000 people tirelessly working to protect life, property and the environment. Emergency incidents can have a devastating impact, and the FRNSW work closely with other agencies to deal with all manner of events, from bushfires to landslides, floods to automobile accidents. It’s all about safety, not just dealing with incidents but also scrutinising legislation and increasing awareness through education and initiatives.
The Role of a Firefighter.
It’s not about being a hero. Being a firefighter is about safeguarding the community, environment and economy. There will be emergencies to deal with and difficult circumstances. You will be responding to rescue calls, dealing with automobile accidents, providing first-aid as required, carrying out recovery after storms and floods, managing hazardous and toxic materials and assisting at major incidents and yes, there will be the obligatory fires to fight! But, alongside fighting them, you will be helping to investigate fires and most importantly educating on how to prevent them.
In fact, a huge part of the role involves serving the community, educating and raising awareness and helping people to understand the importance of fire safety. Firefighters also assist the elderly by installing fire alarms in their homes and inspect buildings to help formulate risk assessments and prepare pre-incident plans.
Do You Have What It Takes?
NSW fire recruitment 2017 & 2018 is no walk in the park — only certain people will make the grade. Being a firefighter is physically and psychologically challenging.
It doesn’t matter if you are male or female, what matters is that you are physically and mentally fit. You need to be willing and able to undertake regular training and study to maintain the high standards required. You will also require proficient written and verbal skills – the ability to communicate is key in this role.
It can be stressful, dealing with casualties and volatile situations will keep you on your toes and you have to be decisive, calm and resilient. You will require focus and drive, you can’t stop for a cuppa when it’s all a bit much, you have to keep going when the going gets tough.
If you aren’t a people person then steer clear. This is a role for team players and those who are able to communicate with people from all walks of life. You will be dealing with the public and working closely with your platoon (which could contain up to twelve firefighters). You also need to be able to follow direction, and will be answering to your Station Commander.
Being a firefighter is not a 9-5 job, you will be required to work shifts and that means the possibility of working weekends and holidays (we can’t guarantee you will get to be at home on Christmas day, incidents and emergencies don’t wait for the festive season to end)! You need to be flexible and accommodating. When you are working your home is your fire station and on that note, we will point out that you should not have an aversion to housekeeping, who do you think keeps the equipment and fire-station kitchen and bathroom clean? See we told you it’s not just about firefighting!
Do You Meet the Entry Criteria?
NSW fire recruitment 2017 & 2018 calls for certain entry criteria to be met before you even get through to assessment and interview. All candidates must be able to prove they are Australian / NZ citizens or permanent residents to be eligible and will also need to provide one of the following: a HSC or equivalent higher education qualification, a Certificate III, a Trades Qualified Certificate or 5 years’ service as a retained firefighter with FRNSW.
You will also need a NSW driving licence – driving is a big part of the role and recruits are asked to take a knowledge test and obtain a Medium Rigid (MR) licence log book from Roads & Maritime (RMS). You must be a safe and responsible driver to be considered, and previous offences are taken into consideration.
Due to the nature of the job, FRNSW carry out stringent background checks. They need to be sure NSW fire recruitment is carried out fairly but must take into account any past criminal exploits. If you have a criminal record your case will be looked into and you may have to attend an interview to address the particulars.
What Can You Expect in Return?
So far, we appreciate it’s all been about what you need to do and be to make the grade for NSW fire recruitment. But if you are the right person for the job the rewards are plentiful. The satisfaction you get from helping others can’t be beaten and on top of that there’s an attractive firefighter NSW salary to go with that feeling of fulfilment.
A recruit firefighter can expect to earn $1148.98 per week (as of 17th February 2017) with this expected to rise to $1207.15 by Feb 2018. This rises incrementally dependant on your progress through the firefighting ranks, so work hard and when you are a qualified firefighter you can expect $1480.65 per week (Feb 2017), increasing to $1555.61 (Feb 2018).
If love the job there’s nothing to stop you moving on up. How about heading for Station Officer? Make it to here and you will earn $1880.43 per week (Feb 2017), increasing to $1975.63 (Feb 2018). But let’s not stop there, if you plough on and set your sights on the heady heights of Inspector level, then your pay will be $2220.98 per week (Feb 2017) increasing to $2333.42 (Feb 2018).
You need to work hard for your pay and as we all know, the FRNSW offers a round-the-clock emergency service, which means you will need to follow a roster. Even if you’re not officially on duty you might be recalled if there’s a major incident. However, the roster and allocation of hours does offer a work-life balance that some jobs aren’t able to provide. This means you have the time to raise a family, care for family members, think about study or pursue external employment.
After a certain length of service, you will also get maternity/paternity leave, annual leave, sick leave long service leave and consolidated leave.
Still Want to Be a Firefighter?
If you are successful in securing NSW fire recruitment you will be expected to attend recruit training for 13 weeks of intensive training covering everything from first aid to building construction, the science of fire to the use of fire rescue equipment. It’s a full-on course and successful completion will mean you have made it as a Level 1 Firefighter.
From there you have to be prepared to undergo continuous study and training as you perfect and hone your new skills. It will take around two years to reach qualified firefighter status. FRNSW encourage all employees to reach their full potential and there are opportunities to specialize and take your career with FRNSW as far as you can. The firefighting world is your oyster.
Get a Foot in The Door.
Being a firefighter requires courage, integrity, respect and service – these are the core values of FRNSW and are wholly embraced. Feel like you want a part of that? Then be prepared for a gruelling round of entry requirements, online applications, online assessments, physical aptitude test, reviews, interviews, medical assessment, more assessments and background checks. Phew!
Watch Out for the Top 4 Game Changers.
As Fire Services aim towards a more diverse group of firefighters, competition has become bigger both in number and areas of strengths. This year, thousands more of aspiring firefighters are expected to submit their application. To help sort the best of the best, NSW Fire and Rescue has come up with four new strategies that will wipe out thousands of applicants at a time. Learn more by watching the video below.
The whole NSW fire recruitment process can be daunting, but if you want in to this amazing role then we can help you to prepare and get to grips with what you need to do. The life of a firefighter brings rewards and satisfaction that will light you up (so to speak)! There’s no other job like it.
I hope you have found this article a helpful insight for NSW Fire Recruitment 2017 & 2018
If you want help in increasing your skills in order to pass the NSW Fire Recruitment process for 2017 / 2018 be sure to have a look at my membership
We cover Revelian Cognitive ability tests for NSW Fire Recruitment 2017/2018 specifically:
NSW Work Safety Testing
MSCEIT Emotional Intelligence Testing
Here is a case study from a NSW Fire recruitment Applicant a couple of years ago I used our training with.
As well as Fire Service Interview, Fitness Ability or PAT just to name the big rocks that hold most people back during this testing phase.
For further information from the service check out https://www.fire.nsw.gov.au