What to expect: The Firefighter Recruitment Process for each Australian State
While the majority of states have the same key steps during the firefighter recruitment process, details like the order of the examinations vary greatly. In order for you to be prepared and not thrown when you’re called you can use these charts to check what is the next step in the process. They’re compiled from the official websites and testimonials from firefighters who have finished the recruitment process, so you don’t have to do the searching yourself.
The recruitment process for each state begins with the leftmost item and ends with the rightmost. Successful applicants go through every step and then are invited to join the Fire Department as a fully fledged firefighter!
Melbourne MFB – Metropolitan Fire Brigade
Melborne is unique in that it includes a group assessment portion. The group assessment will test your ability to work as an individual and as a member of a team.
Country Fire Authority – CFA
The Country Fire Authority (CFA) is a pretty tight-lipped about their recruiting process. Details are scarce however I have gathered that this is the latest information available.
Department of Fire and Emergency Services – DFES WA
Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) seems to have one of the most complex processes. It also validates your license at the end of the process so be sure you’re not wasting yours and the recruiter’s time!
Tasmania Fire Services – TFS
Tasmania Fire Services check your beep test results right in the beginning, so be sure you’re ready!
South Australian Metropolitan Fire Service – SAMFS
South Australian Metropolitan Fire Service has the standard level 9.6 beep test during the physical training part of the recruitment process. If there is a basic template that the other states follow, it would be SAMFS’s process.
Northern Territory Fire Services
The physical tests during the Northern Territory Fire Services recruitment happen fairly late in the process. They also check your driving license at the end of the process, so if you need a little time to get your MRL (manual) license you can take it.
Queensland – QLDFRS Queensland Fire & Rescue Service
The Queensland recruitment process begins you in the classroom taking a personality test. It’s quite similar to the SAMFS recruitment process.
Australian Capital Territory Fire Service – ACT Fire & Rescue
The Australian Capital Territory Fire Service has the standard level beep test that filters out applicants first. You will also spend 3-4 hours doing written tests before you can do the physical ones.
New South Wales – NSWFB – Fire and Rescue NSW
The recruitment process in New South Wales is the most straightforward experience of all the Australian States. This doesn’t mean it’s any easier than the other states.
Airport – ARFF Aviation Fire & Rescue Service, Aviation Rescue Fire Fighting
The Aviation Rescue Firefighters have an online test component that needs to be completed after submitting your application.
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