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.
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.
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?
How to become a Firefighter
- Hold a current Australian driver’s licence with 2 years’ driving experience.
- Apply online and undergo the mandatory recruitment testing process including personality test, physical aptitude test, selection interview, medical assessment and shuttle run testing.
- 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.
What skills are employers looking for?
- Background check
- Communication skills
- Team work