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Frequently Asked Questions


How do I apply?

When applications are open, you will be able to apply through the DFES website or on jobs.wa.gov.au.

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Do you take applications from overseas or interstate applicants?

Yes, but you will need to be an Australian citizen or permanent resident to be offered employment as a firefighter. You will also need to make sure you are available for testing days, which are held in Perth, Western Australia.

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What licence do I need?

C Class unrestricted and HR-B. Automatic licences for both C Class and HR Class are not acceptable.

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What qualifications do I need?

There are no minimum qualifications required but you must have the required pre-requisites (Australian Citizenship or permanent residency, First Aid Certificate HLTAID003 and your C Class unrestricted driver’s licence).

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Can I apply if I have a medical condition?

Applicants undergo medical assessment as part of the selection process. There are some conditions which may preclude you from being successful but assessment is made on a case-by-case basis.

Conditions which may impede your ability to carry out firefighting tasks include:

  • Diabetes Mellitus
  • Asthma
  • Joint replacement
  • Degenerative arthritis
  • Some colour vision deficiencies
  • Hearing loss
  • Vision loss

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

Yes, you must re-apply if you wish to be considered for a position.

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Are there age restrictions?

No, but in order to obtain your HR-B drivers licence you need to have held your C class licence for a minimum of two years. The minimum age requirement for a C class licence is 17 years.

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