Have you considered a career as a Fire Fighter?

Careers in Emergency Services

Firefighters control and extinguish fires and protect life, property and the environment as members of fire brigades*

Firefighting is actually a very popular job and also pays reasonably well.


Firefighters may perform the following tasks:

  • respond to emergency calls regarding fires, vehicle accidents, rescues and other emergency situations
  • undertake activities designed to prevent fires and help communities prepare for emergency situations
  • drive or crew firefighting appliances or other vehicles to fires or incident scenes
  • provide support in response to natural disasters such as floods and cyclones
  • operate pumps and spray foam or water from hoses, portable extinguishers or other appliances to extinguish fires, or to disperse or neutralise dangerous substances such as chemicals and petroleum
  • rescue people stranded or trapped in dangerous situations or inaccessible places using ladders or elevating platforms, or by cutting openings in buildings or crashed vehicles to free occupants
  • respond to industrial accidents
  • communicate with other emergency response personnel using radios, computers and other communication technology
  • visit buildings to assess entry/exit points and locations of hydrants, identify potential fire hazards and ensure they comply with fire codes
  • inspect and maintain firefighting equipment and hydrants
  • undertake public education tasks, including school visits, demonstrations, first aid, firefighting training and lectures
  • undertake administrative duties
  • train industrial and volunteer firefightersPersonal Requirements
  • good communication skills
  • enjoy helping people and contributing to community safety
  • able to work as part of a team
  • enjoy practical work
  • able to cope with the physical demands of the job
  • able to pass a medical examination
  • able to work under pressure
  • able to work at heights and in confined spaces
  • willing to undertake ongoing training and professional developmentFind out more about a career as a firefighter and where to train by visiting *Good Universities Guide – Firefighter