Fire fighters control and extinguish fires, and rescue people and animals in dangerous situations. They operate pumps, portable extinguishers and other appliances to extinguish fires and to disperse or neutralise dangerous substances. They also meet with groups in the community to provide awareness and education about fire prevention and fire safety.
Work is based in the fire station and within the postcodes covered by the fire station, with travel to areas outside the local district during severe fire emergencies. Fire fighters work in shifts to provide fire-fighting services as required whether it be day, night, weekend or public holiday.
Suitable for physically fit people with strengths in critical thinking and decision making. An interest in public safety and security, as well as the ability to perform under pressure, communicate and work well within a team are also important.
Formal qualifications are not required.
The entry requirement is completion of a recruit training program run by a state or territory fire authority. Acceptance into recruit training is based on a medical assessment and physical aptitude test; completion of a Certificate or Diploma in Public Safety can improve your chance of success.
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