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