ACT Fire & Rescue is an integral component of the ACT Emergency Services Agency (ESA), a division of the Department of Justice and Community Safety (JACS) which is the ACT Government’s agency responsible for emergency management arrangements in the Territory.  ACT Fire and Rescue is headed by the Chief Officer and is specifically responsible for the protection of life, property and the environment against fires, hazardous materials incidents and other emergencies within the ACT, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.  Responsibilities also include (but are not limited to);

  • Road accident rescue
  • Domestic and animal rescue
  • Transport rescue
  • Building/structural rescue
  • Industrial rescue
  • Confined space rescue
  • Drain rescue
  • Trench collapse rescue
  • Rescues resulting from storm and tempest damage
  • Rescues resulting from natural disasters

ACT Fire & Rescue responds to over 11,500 incidents each year including structural fires, grass/bushfires, motor vehicle accidents, chemical spillages, rescues, medical assistance, automatic fire alarms and public assistance.  Presently the Fire Brigade has members located throughout Canberra at 9 Fire Stations, a Communications Centre, ESA Headquarters in Fairbairn and also a dedicated training centre in Hume.

General Conditions of Service


At the time of printing, fire-fighters in training are paid $57214  per annum.

Hours of Duty

Firefighters work a 10/14 roster.  This amounts to 42 hours per week (average) consisting of two 10 hour day shifts (0800 to 1800) followed by two 14 hour night shifts (1800 to 0800).

Annual Leave

Shift personnel accrue 392 hours of leave for each year of service, of which 365 hours is taken as rostered leave.

Long Service Leave

3 months accrued after the first 10 years service and 9 days every year of service thereafter.

Public Holidays and weekends

Firefighters rostered on shift on public holidays and weekends do not receive time off in lieu or additional payment.

Personal Leave

144 hours per year


As part of an employee’s total remuneration package, the employer (ACT Government) is required to make contributions to the employee’s superannuation fund.

The ACT Government will pay the equivalent of at least 9% of an employee’s salary into an employee’s superannuation fund.

This page was last modified on November 9th, 2012