Why Become a Career Firefighter?
If you are looking for a challenging job that provides continuous learning and opportunities for career advancement, then consider applying to become a career firefighter. The TFS employs around 285 career firefighters and usually recruits new firefighters once a year. As a firefighter, you will learn how to work in a team, respond to emergencies and provide fire safety advice to the community. This foundation can open up a range of career opportunities including:
- Expert in specialist areas such as high angle rescue, urban search and rescue and confined space rescue
- Fire investigation
- Fire safety/prevention specialisations
- Rural fire management and volunteer support
- Training and development
- Emergency management
- Frontline and strategic management
Of course the other big benefit in becoming a firefighter is that you are providing an essential service to members of the community during their greatest time of need. You can't get anything more satisfying than that!
As with all things, there is a less glamorous side to being a firefighter. The job is a combination of intense training and routine activities suddenly interrupted by the alarm to signal a fire or other emergency. The situations encountered at incidents may be stressful to some people as they can involve exposure to injury and death.
All firefighters participate in competency-based training that enables them to gain nationally recognised qualifications that are portable across Australia . This training forms the foundation for further development into the careers outlined above. Our firefighters are selected based on their ability to meet our selection criteria including medical, health and fitness, and aptitude tests.