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Aboriginal Firefighter Recruitment

Are you ready for a challenge

We are currently planning for the next trainee firefighter campaign. Whilst we are not able to provide an exact date that the campaign will commence, it will most likely be later this year.

To register your interest and to receive up to-date information, please click here.

Being a firefighter is exciting, rewarding and challenging. Firefighters help people, sometimes saving their lives. Firefighters are confident, caring and have strong personal inner strength, allowing them to deal with difficult situations. They also develop lifelong friendships with their colleagues and are part of an international “community”, welcomed worldwide by other Firefighters.

Firefighters have access to a free gym at each station to maintain their level of fitness. They are trained to a national standard and receive qualifications and continuous development, providing them with pay increases and promotion opportunities.

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Joining the Team

DFES has specific entry requirements, set by the department to ensure that you are ready to do your job well without risking your health or safety. Don’t let this put you off applying because they are achievable.

For detailed information on the entry assessment click here .  In preparation for the physical elements of firefighter recruitment, we strongly encourage you to participate in a structured exercise program.


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The Career

A career in the Fire and Rescue Service is dynamic, and offers many options. After completing the compulsory five year Firefighter Development Program, there are many opportunities to progress in rank and diversify into other roles in the department.

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  • Be a member of a small but highly respected career making a real difference in the community.
  • Get paid while you train to become a firefighter.
  • Pay increases after you graduate and every year after that.
  • Generous rostered annual leave of almost 7 weeks per year. Cultural/ceremonial leave.
  • 13 weeks long service leave after 10 years then every 7 years of continuous service thereafter.

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Family Friendly

Maintaining a healthy balance between work and family life is important in any career. Firefighters work on a roster of 2 day shifts followed by 2 night shifts then a 4 day break, allowing plenty of time at home with family and friends.

Supportive Environment

Staff wellness is very important to DFES. Therefore we have a Wellness Branch offering a range of support services that are freely available to all DFES staff, volunteers and their immediate families. The support is built around several key services aimed at contributing to psychological and physical health and well-being.

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Aboriginal Firefighter Recruitment Video (Full version)​​


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