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There are a number of requirements for someone to be eligible to apply to be, or to become, a firefighter with DFES. While some are not required prior to applying, DFES will advise applicants of the dates at which evidence of these must be provided by in order to progress. It is highly recommended that prospective applicants make all attempts to gain these prior to applying as they are often difficult to obtain at the last minute and DFES does not provide exemptions.

The prerequisites are:

A current Australian First Aid Certificate Provide First Aid - competency HLTAID003
  • This can be obtained from a wide range of training providers. For the 2016 recruitment process, applicants will be required to provide evidence of their qualification when they apply.  The qualification must include the exact competency code above. Some health professionals with higher qualifications (eg. Nurses) do not necessarily have the competency required and still must obtain this specific qualification.
A current manual Australian Heavy Rigid class driver’s licence (minimum HR-B)
  • For the 2016 recruitment process, applicants will be required to provide evidence of their licence by 27 September 2016. No requests for extension will be granted and applicants should not ‘wait-and-see’ by applying for this later during the recruitment process. An Automatic (HR-A) licence is not suffcient.


To be eligible to apply for the position of Firefighter with DFES, an applicant MUST also have one of the following:

  • Australian Citizenship,
  • Australian Permanent Residency, or
  • Special Category Visa for New Zealand citizens with unrestricted work rights.

A temporary partner visa (pending permanency), working visa, or similar, is not sufficient.

As part of the application process, applicants MUST attach evidence of their eligibility (eg. passport, appropriate visa, birth certificate). Failure to attach the evidence will mean your application is not considered.


While there is no minimum age, to obtain an HR licence requires someone to have held their normal licence for a minimum of 2 years. Therefore, in general, applicants will be 19 or over. There is no age maximum for applications. However, DFES has recognised that as part of its diversity strategy, there is an increased organisational need for younger people. This is taken into account when considering the final composition of the schools but does not impede people from all ages in being successful.