SAMFS Opens Recruitment 2016-2017
After quite a long wait, the South Australian Metropolitan Fire Service (SAMFS) has finally opened its recruitment for the 2017 intake. They will start accepting applications at 9.00am (ACST) Monday 19 September 2016 and will close the online application no later than 5.00pm (ACST) Friday 30 September 2016.
To make sure you are qualified, the minimum entry requirements are —- Australian Citizenship or Permanent Residency, valid C class driver’s licence, and a $100 application fee. A high level of fitness is definitely a must as you will undergo an intensive 14-week recruit course once accepted. The SAMFS will also check criminal record and driver history and any serious offense may result to disqualification. They will also require a MR/HR licence but time will be afforded during the recruitment process to obtain these. The good thing though is that the first aid certification is no longer mandatory as it has been incorporated into the recruit course.
If you’re all good with the requirements, the next thing is to understand the whole recruitment process. This way you can manage your time efficiently and focus on the things required from each stage. This is especially true if you are only starting your preparation now. This means that you do not go and get an HR licence if you didn’t even bother getting your resume professionally done. In the same way that you don’t waste your precious time only to find out that you got knocked off the aptitude stage, just because you spent all your time doing the beep test. Timely preparation is the key.
Let me give you an overview of the recruitment process and will also do an in-depth discussion on each part in my next blogs.
Basically, the recruitment process lasts for 4 to 6 months depending on the number of applicants. It starts off with the online application just like any other fire service. At this stage, make sure to have your resume, IDs and documents ready when you sit and process your application online.
Once the online application closes, they will send out the link for the online aptitude tests and personality profiling. Unlike other services, the aptitude tests for the SAMFS will only involve numeracy and literacy tests. But, they will be just as competitive as this is the first screening process to weed out the weak ones.
Make sure to practice answering math problems and reading comprehension questions. They also have spelling and grammar type of questions.
Once you pass the cognitive tests, you will proceed to the Physical Aptitude Test 1 (PAT1) which is the Shuttle Run or Beep Test. This will be followed by a behaviorally-based interview which aims to check your relevant skills, experience and attributes. A current supervisor will also be contacted to gain information about your work ethics and relationships. Make sure to give your referees a heads-up prior to this stage. Last is PAT2 which is a multi-stage task simulation.
After passing all tests, they will then check your records and endorse you for a thorough medical examination if all your records are clean. They will offer employment if you are proven fit to work. It will be a 6-month probationary period, 4 months of which will be allotted to the recruit course. Once you meet the required competencies from the course and complete the probationary period, you will be permanently appointed as a full-time firefighter.
If you have questions about the recruitment or need help with anything, just leave a comment. Feel free to share this to all interested applicants and watch out for more updates.
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