CAREERS & VOLUNTEERING

From career firefighting and corporate roles, to volunteering across six emergency services, we offer something for everyone. Join us as we work together for a safer State.
Career and Volunteer Opportunities

We’re an organisation that’s all about people, and we offer a wide variety of roles to match your abilities, skills and interests. You can be active out on the frontline in firefighting, emergency services and sea rescue positions. Or you can play one of the many critical support roles behind the scenes to help make things possible.

Learn more about becoming a career firefighter
Learn more about volunteering

Wherever you serve, your professional development matters, and we offer excellent training. We’re as diverse as the communities you’ll work with and we encourage you to join us, whatever your background, to help create a safer WA.

Current Opportunities
We advertise publicly available positions here and on the WA Government Jobs Board.
If you’re interested in becoming a firefighter, apply through the DFES website or jobs.wa.gov.au. If there are no current intakes register to hear about upcoming recruitment here.
Find volunteering opportunities in your local area on the Emergency Services Volunteer Recruitment website.
We require all prospective employees to provide a satisfactory current National Police Certificate prior to commencement.
Career Firefighter Recruitment

Overview

Becoming a professional firefighter is more than simply taking on a job. It’s a step into a career that really matters.

At DFES, we look for passionate people who are committed to supporting our vision and our mission. You will be someone who is dedicated to supporting our Core Values and what they mean to our organisation and the communities we work with.

The Role of a Firefighter

A firefighter works as a member of a cohesive and cooperative team, whether involved in emergency response or work associated with maintaining readiness or community safety activities.

A firefighter directly participates in emergency incidents to assist and safeguard people, property and/or the environment including responding to fires, vehicle accidents, rescues and other emergencies. A firefighter must at all times be physically fit and capable of responding to emergency calls and rescuing personnel from life threatening situations. They must be capable of a rapid physical response, which in the case of a property fire with life involvement would include donning personal protective clothing and breathing apparatus, dragging a line of hose and performing a search and rescue operation. They are required to work in awkward positions, often under pressure.

A firefighter must be able to operate vehicles and equipment in emergency and non-emergency situations. They are required to liaise with other agencies, including emergency service personnel, and communicate with members of the public and people under duress.

A firefighter also;

  • Participates in community education programs and community centered emergency management activities;
  • Carries out or assists with inspection of properties for compliance with building codes and fire safety rules, including risk assessments;
  • Contributes to environmental care through appropriate activities including bushfire mitigation strategies; and
  • Participates in drills, physical training, servicing hydrants, domestic duties and vehicle checks.

Firefighters work a rotating shift work pattern, being two day shifts 0800 – 1800, followed by two nightshifts 1800 - 0800, followed by a four day break.

To access the "Firefighter Recruitment Information Pack" click here

How to Apply

You don’t need prior fire and rescue experience.  But you do need to be a team player, be adaptable and have the ability to learn new skills and knowledge and apply these in time-critical and stressful environments.

Selection is a multi-stage process. You’ll undergo a number of behavioural, cognitive and physical assessments that align to the requirements of firefighting and DFES Core Values.

Before you can apply, you must meet these three criteria:

  • Be an Australian Citizen or have permanent residency with working rights;
  • Hold a current HLTAID003 Provide First Aid Certificate; and
  • Hold a current C Class unrestricted driver’s licence.
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Recruitment Process

The recruitment process is highly competitive. You’ll be required to undertake a wide range of assessments over a number of months.  These will include behavioural, cognitive and physical assessments. DFES reserves the right to change the assessments and the process with minimal notice.

Stage One
Online Application

Applications are open year-round. You can apply via the DFES website and WA Government jobs board.

It is important that you attach the following three documents to your application:  

  1. Australian citizenship or Permanent Residency for Australia as defined in the Migration Act 1958 or a Special Category Visa Holder (New Zealand citizen)
  2. Current HLTAID003 Provide First Aid Certificate
  3. Current C Class unrestricted driver’s licence
Stage Two
Cognitive and Personality Assessments

The cognitive and personality assessments are designed to assess your suitability to undertake the academic content of the Trainee Firefighter School and your ability to deal with the subsequent demands of the job. The tests may be comprised of a number of elements.

Cognitive Assessment
The most common areas of the cognitive assessments include verbal reasoning, numerical reasoning, error checking, spatial awareness, mechanical reasoning and diagrammatic reasoning.

Personality Assessment
The personality assessment is used to ascertain your suitability to undertake the role of a firefighter with DFES based on your personal traits and preferences, by looking at a number of different behavioural dimensions.

Stage Three
Physical Aptitude Tests and Working At Heights

The following physical aptitude tests are used to measure an applicant’s ability to meet the physical standards required to undertake the role of a firefighter.

Beep Test
The Beep Test (also known as Shuttle Run Test) is used to measure an applicant’s level of cardiovascular fitness. The required level that applicants must meet is 9.6. Applicants will be stopped once they have reached this level. Applicants who fail to reach 9.6 will be removed from the process.

Circuit
Following the beep test, applicants will be provided with a 30 minute rest time and then progress to a circuit style of physical assessment (continuous movement from one task to the next). The circuit must be completed in 15 minutes.

Elements of the circuit are:

  1. Simulated Rescue – wearing breathing apparatus, the applicant will lift or drag an 80kg dummy around a 30m course. Applicants can use an under-arm grip or shoulder strap to complete the drag and must maintain control of the dummy at all times.
  2. Equipment Handling Stage One – the applicant, with the assistance of a firefighter, removes a long extension ladder from the top of the appliance and places it onto the ground. The applicant then flips the ladder and under runs it to the vertical position, holds for five seconds and returns to the ground.
  3. Coupling Connection – the applicant then must connect six items of minor equipment to a pump panel where they fit. These pieces remain in place while Equipment Handling Stage Two is completed.
  4. Equipment Handling Stage Two – the applicant, with the assistance of a firefighter, rehouses the long extension ladder.
  5. Coupling Disconnection – the applicant then removes the minor equipment from the pump panel.
  6. Hose Drag – the applicant must drag a fully charged 40mm hose a total of 180m. The hose length is 30m. The drag is completed in increments (30m, 60m, 60m and 30m) and water is shown for five seconds on three occasions.
  7. Heavy Tool Lift – the applicant is required to hold both heavy tools in three different positions at varied heights for 20 seconds each. The heavy tools weigh 19.3kgs and 19.7kgs.

Working at Heights
Applicants, dressed in breathing apparatus and harness, will climb the combined ladder platform (approximately 30m high). They cross a one-metre gap to the tower and may be asked to perform a task. They will return to the ground via the internal stairwell.

Stage Four
Tunnel Crawl and Speed Interviews

Tunnel Crawl
Applicants, wearing breathing apparatus and a frosted mask, must navigate a series of tunnels and obstacles. This assessment is to be completed in under 10 minutes. Applicants will be asked to complete a directional task while navigating the course.

Speed Interviews
The speed interviews require applicants to sit down one-on-one with an assessor and answer interview style questions. Applicants will rotate assessors every 10 minutes, a total of five times.

Stage Five
Final Validations

The final validations ensure applicants are suitable for employment as a firefighter.

Panel Interview
The panel interview is in front of a panel of three to four members. You must provide your CV prior to the panel interview.

Physical Workplace Capacity Assessment
The Physical Workplace Capacity Assessment (PWCA) is designed to simulate tasks performed by firefighters. Applicants are required to perform the tasks multiple times. The outcome of the PWCA is provided to the medical practitioner and is considered part of your medical assessment.

Driving Validation
The Driving Validation is overseen by Driving Instructors from the DFES Fire and Emergency Services Academy of WA.

Medical Assessment
These examinations, undertaken by a medical practitioner appointed by DFES, are designed to reveal any conditions that would prevent or hinder an applicant from effectively carrying out firefighting duties and which may put the individual, colleagues, or others at risk.

There are some conditions that may rule you out from being successful, but each assessment is made on a case by case basis. Conditions that may hinder your ability to carry out firefighter tasks include:

  • Diabetes mellitus
  • Asthma
  • Joint replacement
  • Degenerative arthritis
  • Colour vision deficiencies
  • Hearing Loss

Integrity Requirements
When requested, applicants are required to obtain their:

  • National Police Certificate
  • Working with Children Check

Referee Checks
All applicants must undergo referee checks.

Stages and assessments are subject to change at any time. It is important to note that not all applicants who are successful in each stage will progress to the next stage of assessment.  Details of dates, times and location for each assessment stage will be provided to applicants as they progress through the selection process.

Commitment

Fire and rescue is a job unlike most others. It’s important to consider your expectations and the commitments you’ll need to make before you apply.

You’ll not only be responding to emergency incidents, you’ll play an integral role in fire prevention and educating the community in fire safety.

You could be posted to any regional or metropolitan career fire station, and you must be prepared for the realities of rostered shift work (day and night, seven days a week) plus fixed leave. Until you are appointed to a station permanently, you’ll likely be in the relieving pool working at different stations.

Shift Work Pattern
Once commenced on station, firefighters work a cycle of four days on duty followed by four days off.  This amounts to an average of 42 hours per week and consists of two 10-hour day shifts (0800 to 1800) followed by two 14-hour night shifts (1800 to 0800). Firefighters are paid for 40 hours per week with the additional two hours per week accruing as additional annual leave.

Current Firefighter Rates of Pay (Inclusive of Allowances, as at 7/6/2019)

Classification

Weekly

Yearly

Trainee

$1,401.79

$73,126.71

5th Class Firefighter

$1,526.79

$79,647.55

4th Class Firefighter

$1,558.06

$81,278.80

3rd Class Firefighter

$1,636.23

$85,356.67

2nd Class Firefighter

$1,683.11

$87,802.24

1st Class Firefighter

$1,839.41

$95,955.89

Senior Firefighter

$1,917.57

$100,033.24

Training

Becoming a firefighter is the first step in a diverse and meaningful career. If you’re selected to attend the Trainee Firefighter School, you’ll be offered a temporary contract to undertake a 21-week intensive training course at the Western Australia Fire and Emergency Services Academy in Forrestfield.

Upon graduation, you’ll be promoted to 5th Class Firefighter and begin working shifts. Over the next five years, you must complete the Firefighter Development Program where you will progress up the ranks to Senior Firefighter. You have the chance to specialise in areas that include Urban Search and Rescue, Training and Instructing, Aerial Rescue, Air Intelligence, Communications, Analysis, Logistics and Fire Investigation.

We support your career and help you make the most of all opportunities. Your progress can take you further into leadership and management roles too.

DFES Trainee Firefighter School

  • As a trainee firefighter, you’ll attend the WA Fire and Emergency Services Academy in Forrestfield, where we train you to our DFES operational standards.
  • Your 21-week course covers key firefighting aspects including community safety, firefighting skills, breathing apparatus, rescue, hazardous materials, driving and workplace communication skills.
  • On your successful graduation, you’ll enter the compulsory Firefighter Development Program and take up duties on shift.

Firefighter Development Program (FDP)

  • Our compulsory five-year training program covers practical and theory components.
  • On completion, you will achieve the rank of Senior Firefighter.
How do I apply?

Applications are open all year round. When you have your three prerequisite documents, apply through the DFES website or on jobs.wa.gov.au.

What licence do I need?

You need a C Class unrestricted driver’s licence to apply. Applicants must also be able to obtain a Heavy Rigid B Class (HR-B) driver’s licence prior to Stage 6 of the recruitment process.

What qualifications do I need?

There are no minimum qualifications, but before you apply you must meet citizenship or residency requirements, hold a current first aid certificate (HLTAID003) and hold a current C Class unrestricted driver’s licence.

I have applied previously. Do I have to apply again?

Yes, each application is a separate selection process. If you are unsuccessful you will have the opportunity to reapply.

Volunteer Recruitment

Being a volunteer is a rewarding experience. It’s a chance to give back to your local community by helping to look after their safety and wellbeing. We are a volunteer-based organisation, and we rely on our volunteers’ compassion, commitment and knowledge to deliver emergency assistance and support to WA.

As a volunteer, you can be active out on the frontline in firefighting, emergency services, and marine rescue roles. Or you can join the important teams who work behind the scenes to help make a difference. However you give your time, you’ll be helping communities keep our State safer before, during and after emergencies.

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