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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.

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?

All
NSW
VIC
WA
QLD
TAS
SA
NT
ACT
The most common salary for a Firefighter is between $60k and $70k
Source: SEEK job ads

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.

What skills are employers looking for?

Employers want:

  • Background check
  • Communication skills
  • Team work
Source: SEEK job ads and SEEK Profile data

How do Firefighters rate their role?

Latest reviews from 30 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

Latest reviews

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Positive
Negative
Nov 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Year 12
Experience
1 – 4 years
Organisation size
Medium (20-199 employees)
Specialisation
fire
The good things
Getting to work outdoors all day everyday is the best. You do something different everyday and get to make a positive impact on your community.
The challenges
Be prepared to get your hands dirty and get sweaty. This is a high risk role, you will sometimes find yourself in dangerous situations and you only have yourself and your training to get yourself thro...
Nov 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Cerificate 4 In Public Safety
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Emergency Services
The good things
Having a direct role assisting the community in their time of need.
The challenges
Dealing with trauma.
Nov 2018
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...
Nov 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
school cert
Experience
5 – 9 years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
firefighting+ rescue
The good things
very short staffed accross the state of NSW, keep fit and get paid.
The challenges
there is challengers with helping public and property protection and life support, great job for the right person. Great benefits .
Nov 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Diploma of Public Safety (Policing)
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
firefighter
The good things
Great work enviroment and being part of a team , helping out people in need. Working shiftwork is great. Working with inded like minded people. Something different happens everyday
The challenges
Shifwork can be difficult as you work a lot of weekends, some incidents you respond to can be difficult.
Oct 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
HC Licence
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
Specialisation
Retained Fire Fighter
The good things
Opportunity to see a variety of different situations and to evaluate and understand why things are done in a given situation. Working within a team to solve dramatic situations such as fires, acciden...
The challenges
Time and work life challenges balancing family, work and self while contributing to the teamwork of the brigade. Careful consideration of self and family in traffic, and potentially dangerous situati...
Oct 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Certificate IV in Health and Fitness
Experience
5 – 9 years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
The good things
Helping people when they are experiencing what is most likely one of the most stressful times of their life
The challenges
Comuting to work if you live outside the GSA
Oct 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Advanced Diploma of Hospitality Management
Experience
5 – 9 years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Stewardship and protection
The good things
Work as a team, get to help people in a time of need, good pay, good equipment
The challenges
It’s only seasonal and it’s best to be available when ever they ask
Oct 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Certificate IV in Frontline Management
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Fire Fighting
The good things
The people you work with and the bonds formed working in a fast moving job.
The challenges
Working through the risk's to yourself and crew verse's the benefits to help save others.
Oct 2018
Reviewer's Qualification
Certificate IV in Training and Assessment
Experience
1 – 4 years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
Firefighter
The good things
Great diverse job with a wide variety of tasks. Very rewarding job.
The challenges
Shift work can be challenging with late nights and early mornings. But the work life balance is great
Source: SEEK Role Reviews

Working hours for Firefighters

Overtime
Weekends
Shift work
Late nights
Often
Sometimes
Never
Source: SEEK Role Reviews from 30 Firefighters

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