Fire & Rescue Recruitment

We encourage all women and men to use this information to prepare for the recruitment process and to maximise your potential for successful employment.

Fire & Rescue Recruitment

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.

ACT Fire & Rescue is not currently recruiting, the most recent intake closed on Sunday, 31 July 2022.
Check back later for upcoming opportunities or contact

Additional information on the recruitment process can be found in the applicant information booklet and by watching the recorded information sessions below.

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What does ACT Fire & Rescue do?

ACT Fire & Rescue (ACTF&R) works to protect life, property and the environment in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT).

ACTF&R has a long tradition of excellence in the protection of life, property and the environment of the ACT community and surrounding area. ACTF&R is made up of over 370 permanent firefighters, support staff, and over 700 community fire unit (CFU) volunteers.

We manage and respond to emergencies including:

  • Structure Fires 
  • Bush and Grass Fires
  • Vehicle Fires
  • Motor Vehicle Accidents
  • Automatic Fire Alarms
  • Hazardous Material Incidents
  • Confined Space Rescues
  • Trench Rescues
  • Urban Search and Rescue Operations
  • Animal Rescues
  • Vertical Rescues

We work with other emergency services to provide:

  • Medical Assist Responses
  • Storm Damage Mitigation
The firefighter role — more than fighting fires

Being a firefighter is no ordinary job. The work is varied, challenging and rewarding. In addition to responding to emergencies, a firefighter’s role entails a range of functions including:

  • Fire prevention and investigation;
  • Community education and activities related to safety and prevention, including fire education for children (conducted in pre-schools, kindergartens, primary schools); working with diverse communities to raise awareness, educate and help minimise the impact of fire; and, providing assistance to the elderly, e.g. installation of smoke alarms in homes;
  • Ensuring compliance with fire safety regulations during building approvals;
  • Carrying out building inspections to prepare risk assessments and pre-incident plans;
  • Attendance at fetes and other community events;
  • The provision of emergency safety information to specific neighbourhoods or areas;
  • Inspecting and assessing potential fire hazards;
  • Pre planning for incidents involving specific hazards, risks or events;
  • Scrutinising plans for proposed suburban developments to ensure safety of residents from bush and grass fire;
  • Undertaking ongoing development and maintenance of skills and knowledge through regular training and study; and
  • Cleaning/maintenance of equipment, fire station and appliances. This includes core housekeeping duties such as cleaning the bathroom, kitchen, vacuuming etc.

Firefighters often operate in challenging situations, including when people are injured or deceased.

When attending incidents, firefighters may be required to comfort victims or provide first aid until the arrival of the ACT Ambulance Service (ACTAS). Firefighting is physically and psychologically demanding, especially during major emergencies.

It also involves quick thinking, team work and physical and mental endurance.

Generally, career firefighters work in a fire station in a crew supervised by a Station Officer. Several stations are ESA shared facilities with other emergency services. ACTF&R have fire stations strategically located around the ACT to enable quick response to incidents. We also staff an emergency communications centre.

To provide our emergency services on a 24/7 basis ACTF&R has four shifts (known as A, B, C & D Platoons). You will be transferred to a Platoon at a fire station following satisfactory completion of recruit training with future rotation opportunities.

Firefighters are required to maintain good health and physical fitness.

What makes a successful firefighter?

To be a successful firefighter, you need a wide range of skills, knowledge and abilities. ACTF&R 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.

ACTF&R seeks to employ fit, intelligent, well rounded adults with 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 helping others, and an interest and ability to engage with members of the public;
  • Understanding of, and willingness to undertake the full range of firefighter duties including follow directions;
  • The ability to work shiftwork including nights, weekends and public holidays, flexibility in work locations within the ACT and a commitment to ongoing development;
  • Demonstrate respect toward your fellow 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 the required standard and within tight timeframes; and
  • A capacity to acquire new skills and demonstrated problem solving ability.
Requirements of the position

General requirements

Applicants must be Australian citizens or have permanent residence status, and possess the following mandatory requirements:

  • Current first aid certificate (‘Provide First Aid’ or equivalent);
  • Current Australian C Class Licence with no restrictions (no P plates) and confirmation of completion of a ‘Heavy Vehicle Knowledge Assessment’, (see or; current Australian MR Class driving licence with no restrictions (no P plates);
  • ACT Working with Vulnerable People check; and
  • National Police check (NPC).

Police/Criminal History check

Firefighters are placed in a position of trust and have privileged access to property and vulnerable people when on official business or during emergency incidents. It is therefore imperative that ACTF&R conducts stringent assessments of applicants and enforces the need to have a professional, honest, reliable workforce that adheres to ethical principles and standards. 

All successful applicants will need to undergo a NPC by the Australian Federal Police (AFP) prior to an offer of employment being made. Any positive checks will be dealt with on a case-by-case basis.

Applicants who have conviction/s may be asked to provide Police Fact Sheets and/or court transcripts prior to attending a panel interview. Applicants with any of the above offence history in the preceding 10 years from the date of submitting their NPC may be asked to attend an interview to specifically discuss the issue before being considered for further progression in the recruitment process. Each case is assessed on an individual basis.

Please note that ACTF&R have an exemption under section 19 of the Spent Convictions Act 2000 for offences related to arson, that is any past convictions (irrespective of age) that relate to arson will be reported in a criminal history check.

Working with vulnerable people checks

Successful applicants must have been successfully registered for Working with Vulnerable People (WWVP) in the ACT.

Further information on WWVP registration is available from the Access Canberra website at

Note: The costs associated with the above mandatory requirements will be met by the applicant.

Recruitment process

ACTF&R conducts recruitment selection processes periodically. This process typically selects 16 to 20 applicants to commence training as Fourth Class Firefighters in training. Further applicants may also be identified and offered employment in the following 12 months if sufficient positions become available.

Stage 1

Applications are sought from individuals seeking employment as firefighters. Advertisements will be listed on the ACTF&R website, Jobs ACT and ACTESA social media platforms.

Following the closing date, all applications will be assessed against the general recruitment requirements and response to selection criteria, with successful applicants proceeding to Stage 2.

Stage 2

Applicants who progress to this stage of the process will be invited to undertake aptitude testing. This will assess a range of skills including verbal, numerical, abstract, and spatial reasoning. Practice abstract reasoning assessments (tests) can be found here.

Stage 3

Qualifying applicants will be invited to participate in an online group activity. This is to assess suitability to work in a team environment as well as communication and interpersonal skills. This activity will be assessed by a panel of firefighters.

Stage 4

Applicants found suitable after the group activity will be invited to attend an online initial interview. This interview will include behavioural based questions and questions which will assess your knowledge on the roles and responsibilities of an ACTF&R firefighter. Your interview will be assessed by a panel of firefighters.

Stage 5

Progressing applicants will be invited to participate in a final interview. The panel will consist of a senior officer from ACTF&R, a member of the United Firefighters Union, and an independent panel member. This interview will include behavioural based questions and questions which will assess your knowledge on the roles and responsibilities of an ACTF&R firefighter.

At this stage, applicants will be required to provide evidence that they possess all mandatory requirements. Failure to provide this evidence will result in applicants not being eligible to participate in the final interview.

Applicants completing the final interview will undertake face to face aptitude verification testing.

Stage 6

Applicants who are found suitable after final interview will be invited to attend a cardiovascular challenge test known as a ‘BEEP test’ and a Physical Aptitude Test (PAT). Applicants who do not pass the PAT or achieve the required level in the BEEP test will be offered the opportunity to re-sit the tests at a later date provided they have met a minimum benchmark.

Stage 7

The final stage of the process will see shortlisted applicants attend medical and psychological assessment sessions. Referees will also be contacted.

Outline of selection criteria and duties

Selection criteria

  • Demonstrated ability to work as an effective member of a highly trained team;
  • Ability to safely and effectively perform in an environment that can be physically and emotionally challenging;
  • Demonstrated interpersonal and communication skills, with the ability to adapt to a variety of audiences;
  • Demonstrated commitment to excellence in occupational performance, and personal and professional development;
  • An understanding of the role, responsibilities and resilience required for employment as a firefighter; and
  • Demonstrated knowledge of fair and safe workplace practices including Work Health and Safety, and the principles of respect, equity and diversity.


Firefighters work in teams under the supervision of a Station Officer. Depending on the shift being worked and the circumstances that emerge during the shift, a firefighter will:

  • Whilst performing routine duties and attending emergencies, identify potential and existing hazards, take appropriate action and report the nature of those hazards in accordance with agency WHS requirements;
  • Respond to fires, rescues and other emergencies and perform duties in accordance with Standard Operating Procedures, including those tasks as allocated by the Station Officer/ Senior Officer at the scene;
  • Assist casualties at accidents/incidents and provide emergency care by the application of basic life support techniques and in accordance with agency Standard Operating Procedures;
  • Undertake a range of community based activities in relation to fire education, safety and prevention; and
  • Process information in accordance with agency procedures by;
    • logging details of emergency reports for action and future reference;
    • receiving, processing and transmitting information via radio, telephone and computer;
    • completing standard agency proformas;
    • perform routine station duties including the cleaning and maintenance of vehicles, equipment and facilities; and
    • undertake training and courses of study to ensure current competence.