Commissioner’s Message

The ACT Emergency Services Agency (ESA) is extremely proud of our commitment to implement a recruit college with 50% women and 50% men. This means that women who satisfy the requirements and meet the standards for the role will fill eight of the sixteen recruit positions.

I am committed to emergency services that embrace and harness the strengths that diversity and inclusion can provide. The 50:50 recruit college delivers on the ESA’s Women in Emergency Services Strategy, which aims to recruit more women into our emergency services, as well as supporting more women to gain leadership roles across the ESA.

As you consider your future employment with ACT Fire & Rescue, I also encourage you to think of the opportunities that exist for you within our multi-service agency. The ESA comprises the ACT Ambulance Service, ACT Fire & Rescue, the ACT Rural Fire Service, the ACT State Emergency Service and the ESA Support Services. Together we are one team of many players with the shared vision of working together to care and protect the community.

I wish both women and men looking to join our agency all the best during the recruitment process, and I congratulate those who are championing the principles of diversity and inclusion.

Dominic Lane
ACT Emergency Services Agency

Role of a firefighter

Being a firefighter is no ordinary job. The work is varied, challenging and rewarding. The information provided on this webpage will help you to better understand the role of a firefighter, the key requirements of the role and outline the recruitment process. We encourage all women and men to use this information to prepare for the recruitment process and to maximise your potential for successful employment.

To learn more about the role of a firefighter view our firefighter profiles below.

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Key Information

Next Recruitment Date

ACT Fire & Rescue will be recruiting in the 2017/18 financial year. Further information including dates when applications open and close will be posted her once they have been confirmed. Please continue to check back here for updates.

New recruitment information sessions

ACT Fire & Rescue is hosting a series of information sessions to give applicants for the next recruitment round a full understanding of what to expect during the process.

The ACT Fire and Rescue (ACTF&R) Career Information Session has been created to provide information to fit, intelligent and community minded people looking to join ACT Fire and Rescue in 2017.

A number of events will occur on the day to provide you with an insight into the challenges, oppourtunities and rewarding lifestyle enjoyed by modern firefighters. We encourage you to ask questions, give everything a go and, most of all, have fun!

The sessions will be conducted at two locations, West Belconnen Fire & Rescue Station (north side) and the ESA Training Centre at Hume (south side). Two of the information sessions are also limited to females only as part of the ACT Emergency Services Agency’s Women In Emergency Services Strategy.

Places are limited, so it is very important that you book a place for one of the information sessions.

To secure a place click on the link below and follow the instructions.

Book a place

The Recruitment Process

The recruitment process is managed by a contracted recruitment agency, using the following
staged process.

Stage 1:
Applications are sought from individuals seeking employment as firefighters. Advertisements will be placed in The Canberra Times, on the ACT Fire & Rescue website and Jobs ACT with applications open for a period of two weeks.

Following the closing date, all applications will be assessed against the general recruitment
requirements and response to the selection criteria, with successful applicants proceeding to stage two of the process.

Stage 2:
Qualifying applicants will be invited to attend an aptitude test.This session lasts 3-4 hours and includes tests of a range of skills including verbal, numerical, mechanical and abstract reasoning, and spatial relations.

Applicants will be also be required to prepare a written response to a question relating to the
selection criteria of Work Health and Safety, diversity or participative work practices.

Memory aids are not permitted in the testing environment, nor are computers, mobile phones, written notes etc.

Stage 3:
Applicants that pass the aptitude testing will be invited to attend a cardiovascular challenge test known as a ‘BEEP test’. This test consists of a shuttle runs 20 meters in length, where a level of 9.6 must be obtained for the applicant to progress further in the recruitment process. It is recommended potential applicants practice this test before undertaking this part of the recruitment process. A demonstration of the ‘BEEP test’ [] can be found online.

Stage 4:
Candidates who reach a predetermined level in the aptitude tests are then shortlisted on the basis of their application and the responses to questions asked during aptitude testing.

Stage 5:
Suitable candidates are then invited to a thorough physical aptitude test (PAT) and assessment centre activities including teamwork exercises. ACT Fire & Rescue demonstration of the Physical Aptitude Test.

Successful applicants at this stage of the recruitment process, will also be required to participate in formal interviews and psychological testing.

Note: The field of candidates is likely to be reduced at each of these stages until, following the final assessment, 16 candidates will be offered employment.

Preparing for Recruitment

Candidate Information Pack

Candidate Information Pack [PDF 1.4 MB]

The following documents and resources will help you to prepare for the recruitment process: