Careers in Firefighting

Want to protect our community?

The Northern Territory Fire and Rescue Service offers a wide variety of interesting and challenging career opportunities with excellent salaries and conditions. While recruitment is not open all year round, you can still view our publications and recruitment information guidelines.

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Become a Firefighter

Career Firefighter

Recruit Firefighters are required to complete a 20 week 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.

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
Auxiliary Firefighters

The Northern Territory Fire and Rescue Service employs approximately 50 Auxiliary Firefighters at any time. Auxiliaries Firefighters receive basic training in all aspects of emergency response, and are qualified in First Aid.  Auxiliary Firefighters play a vital role in assisting permanent staff in remote locations.

An Auxiliary Firefighter or retained firefighter is:

  • Paid a retainer
  • A call out allowance
  • Expected to attend a minimum of two training sessions per month and at least one Saturday morning maintenance period per month.

How to apply 

Applicant Criteria

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 licence 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.
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