Minimum Requirements for New Firefighter Recruits

Training to become a firefighter is a lot of work. Would you go through it if it weren’t possible to become a firefighter because you’re missing the minimum requirements?

That would be a shame and might even kill your dream!

Australian States have similar, yet slightly different minimum requirements to be considered at all for the opportunity to take the physical, knowledge and psychological gauntlets that firefighter recruits have to sprint through. This handy chart’s information can be found on the internet, or by calling recruiters when they are available, but I’ve gone ahead and prepared all that information for you.

All firefighter recruiters do not have a residency among their minimum requirements forcing you to be living within the state, so if you aren’t able to apply for one state, you may be able to apply to another.

Melborne

Current Status: Closed for 2014
No serious driving infractions in the last 10 years
National Police Certificate
Australian citizenship, permanent residence or New Zealand citizenship with a valid passport.

Country Fire Authority

Current Status: No positions currently available
Ability to relocate
Australian citizenship or permanent residence
Police Record Check
Medical Clearance
Valid Driver’s license

Department of Fire and Emergency Services

Some Support Positions available now; Recruitment Opening Soon
Australian citizenship or permanent residence or New Zealand citizenship
First aid training
Police Record Check
Heavy Rigid Driver’s License – Manual
Medical clearance

Tasmania Fire Services

Some support positions; No firefighter positions advertised
Manual Australian Driver’s License
Police Record Check

South Australian Metropolitan Fire Service

No positions currently available
Driver’s License: Medium Rigid Manual
First Aid Certificate
Medical Clearance
Australian Citizenship, Permanent Resident or New Zealand citizenship
National Police Certificate

Northern Territory Fire Services

Recruitment just finished
Medical Clearance
Driver’s License: Medium Rigid Manual
First Aid Certificate
Year 12 certificate or 2 years of full time employment

Fire Queensland

Recruitment Freeze
Medical Clearance
Driver’s License: Medium Rigid Manual
First Aid Certificate
Police Check

Australian Capital Territory Fire Service

No positions currently available; Reassessment in July
Australian citizenship or permanent residence
First Aid Certificate
Class C Silence; Heavy Vehicle Knowledge Assessment or Medium Rigid License
Medical Clearance
Police Record Check

New South Wales

Australian Citizenship, Permanent Resident or New Zealand citizenship
HSC, Certificate III or Trade Certificate
Green P2 Drivers License

You can see the subtle differences in the minimum requirements between the different states, and it would be a tragedy to miss a recruitment period in Western Australia because you only held a MRD license.

Be sure to leave any comments or contact me if you have any questions.

Cheers,

Brent Clayton