Careers in firefighting

Career Firefighter

Nowadays there's more to being a firefighter than donning the uniform and heading out to fires – we now have a strong focus on fire prevention and education about the importance of fire safety.

Recruits are required to complete a 16-18 week Recruit Firefighter Training Course comprising nationally recognised accredited and organisational training and subsequent on shift skills consolidation for a further period of eight months. It is a permanent position with 12 months probation.

The Northern Territory Fire and Rescue Service offers a wide variety of interesting and challenging career opportunities with excellent salaries and conditions.

Firefighters enjoy:

  • Nine weeks annual leave
  • Excellent roster – two days, two nights, four days off
  • Paid training
  • Ongoing learning opportunities
  • Job satisfaction
  • Comradeship
  • Good promotional aspects
  • Great working conditions

Applicants must:

  • Be an Australian citizen or have permanent resident status
  • Have NO significant criminal history
  • Be physically fit and healthy and complete a Fitness Test
  • Possess a current open driver's licence with the ability to obtain a manual medium rigid drivers licence a minimum of one week prior to the recruit course start date. Evidence to be provided at interview
  • Hold a Certificate in First Aid
  • Have either Senior Secondary Education Certificate (Year 12 or equivalent), a completed Trade Certificate or Tertiary Qualification, or be able to demonstrate considerable employment experience (minimum two years full time work experience), life skills and interaction with a variety of people.



Women and firefighting

Northern Territory Fire and Rescue Service is actively encouraging more women to consider firefighting as a career.

There are about 200 firefighters in the Northern Territory. At present, sixteen of these are women.

It is part of the NT Police, Fire and Emergency Services strategic plan, Vision 2020, that we become more representative of the community we serve. That means having more women in the service.

Firefighting is not a career for everyone. There is no ‘one size fits all’ in the real world. It’s very physical work. It’s challenging mentally as well and you have to have the capacity to deal with very confronting situations. You’ll be called to attend road crashes and other rescue jobs; it’s not just about burning buildings.

But at the end of the day, firefighters have the satisfaction of knowing that they have helped people, often through their worst day of their lives.

We also do a lot of community engagement work, visiting schools and raising fire awareness and safety in young Territorians.

There are benefits to being a firefighter that you might not have considered. Firefighters get nine weeks annual leave. They also work on a roster system two days, two nights, then four days off each roster. Not many jobs allow to you be there to pick up the kids from school, take them to sports practice or just spend extended quality time with your family and friends.

In February 2017, the Office of the Commissioner of Public Employment approved a Special Measures Plan to address the imbalance of women serving as firefighters.

This is in no way a lowering of standards; all candidates – men or women – will be required to pass the same physical standards and psychometric testing before being accepted as a recruit firefighter.