Who We Are

ACT Fire & Rescue is one of the most versatile Fire services in Australia in terms of delivery of services to the community.

Who We Are

All firefighters in the ACT are fully trained in all areas of firefighting, rescue and hazardous materials handling. We provide a 24/7 rapid response capability from nine strategically located Fire Stations.

ACT Fire & Rescue provides the following services to the community:

  • Respond to Structure Fires
  • Respond to Hazardous Materials Incidents
  • Respond to Bushfires
  • Respond to Chemical, Biological and Radiological Incidents
  • Respond to Vehicle Fires
  • Assess Fire Engineered Building Solutions
  • Undertake Motor Vehicle Accident Rescue
  • Ensure Fire Safety Compliance in Buildings
  • Undertake Confined Space Rescue
  • Conduct Fire Hazard Inspections
  • Undertake Trench Rescue
  • Provide Community Education
  • Respond to Building Collapse
  • Provide Emergency Medical Assistance
  • Undertake Animal Rescue
  • Coordinate Community Fire Units
  • Conduct Fire Investigation
  • Conduct Community Events Planning
  • Provide Storm Damage Assistance
  • Conduct Community Safety Planning
  • Respond to Automatic Fire Alarms
  • Provide Communications Support to Emergency Agencies
  • Provide Assistance to Community events and organisations
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Role of a Firefighter

Our organisation seeks intelligent, fit, community-minded people from all backgrounds who are looking for a unique challenge. To be a successful firefighter, you need a wide range of skills, knowledge and abilities. ACT Fire & Rescue firefighters are ACT Public Sector (ACTPS) employees and we seek to employ people who reflect our professionalism and values, along with the diversity of our society.

A successful recruit will have the following skills and attributes:


  • Personal resilience and an ability to work effectively in challenging situations.
  • Appreciation of the need to critically evaluate risk and adhere to safe work practices in
    situations that at times can be inherently dangerous.
  • Effective and appropriate written and verbal communication skills.
  • A commitment to service and help others, and an interest and ability to engage with members of the public.
  • The ability to work shiftwork including nights, weekends and public holidays, flexibility in work
    locations within the ACT and an interest in ongoing development.
  • The ability to demonstrate respect toward your colleagues, the community and all others, regardless
    of individual differences.
  • Well-developed interpersonal skills and the capacity to work within, and contribute positively
    to, a small team working in close proximity.
  • The ability to exercise self discipline and use sound judgement in ensuring assigned tasks are
    completed to required standards and within tight timeframes.
  • A capacity to acquire new skills and demonstrated problem solving abilities.

The environments firefighters are required to work in include:


  • Working at heights
  • Working in enclosed spaces
  • Working outdoors
  • Getting wet during your work
  • Working in situations where you may see seriously injured people and/or fatalities
  • Working with a diverse range of people e.g. different ages, ethnic backgrounds etc.
  • Getting hot/cold whilst working
  • Carrying and operating equipment
  • Working 10 or 14 hour shifts

ACT Fire & Rescue may, as part of their duties, be required to:


  • Respond to Structure Fires
  • Respond to Hazardous Materials Incidents
  • Respond to Bushfires
  • Respond to Chemical, Biological and Radiological Incidents
  • Respond to Vehicle Fires
  • Assess Fire Engineered Building Solutions
  • Undertake Motor Vehicle Accident Rescue
  • Ensure Fire Safety Compliance in Buildings
  • Undertake Confined Space Rescue
  • Conduct Fire Hazard Inspections
  • Undertake Trench Rescue
  • Provide Community Education
  • Respond to Building Collapses
  • Provide Emergency Medical Assistance
  • Undertake Animal Rescues
  • Coordinate Community Fire Units
  • Conduct Fire Investigations
  • Conduct Community Events Planning
  • Provide Storm Damage Assistance
  • Conduct Community Safety Planning
  • Respond to Automatic Fire Alarms
  • Provide Communications Support to Emergency Agencies
  • Provide Assistance at Community events and to Community organisations
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The Badge of ACT Fire & Rescue

ACT Fire and Rescue badge

The Torch - represents the tradition of the Fire Brigade and comes from the earliest Fire Services which were established by the Insurance Companies; The Shield - represents the protection that ACT Fire & Rescue provides to the Community; The Laurel Wreath - represents the courage of the firefighters; and The Coat of Arms - represents the ACT Community.