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Firefighter

Use a high level of fitness and expert knowledge of fire hazards and fire suppression techniques to protect public life and property.

What's it like to be a Firefighter?

Firefighters are trained emergency response specialists who serve to protect public life and property. They control and extinguish fires and respond to other emergency calls including search and rescue and high angle rescue, and motor or marine accidents. They are trained in first aid and have a high level of physical fitness combined with the ability to stay calm when working under extreme pressure.

Firefighter

Tasks and duties

  • Attending the scene of fires and other emergencies including motor, industrial and marine accidents.
  • Rescuing and evacuating people in life-threatening situations.
  • Operating pumps, spraying water, foam and chemicals from hoses, portable extinguishers and other appliances to extinguish fires and to disperse or neutralise dangerous substances.
  • Cutting openings in buildings and crashed vehicles to free occupants.
  • Administering first aid.
  • Attending and participating in training activities, rescue classes, drills, demonstrations and courses in emergency and fire-fighting techniques.
  • Ensuring all tools and equipment are in good working order through regular maintenance.
  • Participating in search and rescue and high angle rescue operations.
  • Assisting other agencies in emergencies
  • Educating the community in matters of fire safety.
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Firefighters conduct fire hazard analysis, building and water supply inspections and educate the community in matters of fire prevention. They interact with members of the public daily and work in conjunction with other emergency response agencies including Police Officers and Paramedics. Firefighters work for fire response departments in metropolitan and rural areas all over Australia.

What can I earn as a Firefighter?

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The most common annual salary in AUS for a Firefighter is between $45k and $55k
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Source: SEEK job ads. Salaries include superannuation.

How to become a Firefighter


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There are no educational requirements for becoming a firefighter, however all candidates must undergo literacy, numeracy and mechanical reasoning testing as part of the recruitment process. A high level of fitness is required, and a minimum physical aptitude standard must be met.

  1. Hold a current Australian driver’s licence with 2 years’ driving experience.
  2. Apply online and undergo the mandatory recruitment testing process including personality test, physical aptitude test, selection interview, medical assessment and shuttle run testing.
  3. Undertake the 14-week induction and meet all required competencies during the 6-month probationary period in order to attain a permanent position. Applicants must also pass a criminal history check and hold an Australian driver’s licence with 2 years’ driving experience.

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How do Firefighters rate their role?

Latest reviews from 29 Firefighters surveyed on SEEK

Work-life balance
4.7
Job satisfaction
4.8
Career progression opportunities
4.3
Job security
4.2
Pay / Salary
3.9
Variety of work
4.7

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Oct 2018
Firefighting can be tough at the best of times but is well worth it at the end of a day/job
Reviewer's Qualification
Certificate II in Firefighting (Operations)
Experience
1 – 4 years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
On call firefighter
The good things
This is a good job for the fact it is very flexible for your lifestyle and great opportunities to better yourself
The challenges
There good deal of fun challenges in training and on the job to achieve with your team it makes you feel better as person/team when the job is done with a good/great outcome
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Nov 2018
Volunteer firefighting is amazing, I wouldn't volunteer elsewhere
Reviewer's Qualification
Certificate III in Ambulance Technician
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Firefighting
The good things
If your passionate about assisting the community, experiencing new and challenging opportunities, professional development, career advancement, qualification building, team work and mateship like no o...
The challenges
Some of the challenges you may face include trying and achieving new objectives you may not have thought otherwise possible, waking up early mornings, late nights too attend emergency incidents, and w...
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Working hours for Firefighters

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Weekends
Shift work
Late nights
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Source: SEEK Role Reviews from 29 Firefighters

What are the job opportunities for Firefighters?

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Job opportunities

Firefighter jobs on SEEK
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Projected job growthAlert

National increase over next 5 years *
3%
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