Fire and rescue trucks at the scene of a fire

Emergency Service Worker

Emergency Service Workers attend the scene of emergencies to minimise risk to community safety and security.

Overview

Emergency Service Workers attend the scene of emergencies to minimise risk to community safety and security.

Day-to-day

  • attends the scene of fires and other emergencies
  • rescues and evacuates people stranded or trapped in dangerous situations
  • operates pumps, sprays water, foam and chemicals from hoses, portable extinguishers and other appliances to extinguish fires and to disperse or neutralise dangerous substances
  • cuts openings in buildings and crashed vehicles to free occupants
  • maintains site security systems
  • administers first aid
  • attends and participates in training activities, rescue classes, drills, demonstrations and courses in emergency and fire-fighting techniques
  • trains recruits in emergency procedures and practices
  • visits buildings and potential fire hazards to study access points and locations of hydrants
  • maintains tools and equipment.

Considerations

  • physically demanding
  • requires driving
  • stressful
  • working outdoors.

Occupation snapshot
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Moderate

To become an Emergency Service Worker

  • You can work as an Emergency Service Worker without formal qualifications, however, a certificate II, III or IV in public safety may be useful.

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