About career firefighters

Every work day has meaning. Every work day makes a difference.

 

Who can apply?

Firefighting is suited to people with a genuine desire to serve the community, and who thrive on working closely in a team.

The Victorian Fire Services recruits people from a wide range of work, life and cultural backgrounds. We are keen to increase our diversity, and encourage women, people from non-English speaking backgrounds and Aboriginals and Torres Straight Islanders to apply.

We are committed to embracing and encouraging diversity among our members across Victoria, and respect the rights, dignity and worth of all people.

We believe a diverse and inclusive workplace brings out the best in our people and helps us to provide a better service to Victorian communities.

You don't need to have firefighting or other emergency response skills to apply - all the necessary training is provided.

To apply candidates must:

  • Have appropriate all-round strength and fitness
  • Exhibit problem solving skills
  • Demonstrate high level interpersonal skills
  • Genuine desire to work with the community
  • Have appropriate physical and psychological capability
  • Be an Australian citizen, permanent resident or a New Zealand citizen and have entered Australia on a valid passport
  • Be prepared to relocate within Victoria, specifically for candidates applying for CFA positions.

Previous unsuccessful candidates who applied to the MFB / CFA are eligible to re-apply.

Role of a career firefighter

There is a diverse range of roles available to firefighters, with great opportunities for specialisation and career progression.

Emergency response activities may include:

  • Suppression of all types of fires
  • Search and rescue
  • High angle rescue
  • Road accident rescue
  • Emergency medical response (EMR)
  • Marine Response
  • Industrial accidents and hazardous material handling and storage incidents
  • Assisting other agencies in emergencies
  • Fire investigation analysis

Community resilience activities may include:

  • Educating the community about fire safety
  • Working with diverse community groups, across all age groups, to promote emergency prevention and preparedness activities through a variety of community resilience programs.

Other activities may include:

  • Training - skills maintenance and acquisition
  • Maintenance of equipment
  • Involvement in exercises with the public through evacuation drills
  • Installing smoke alarms for senior Victorians
  • Participation in joint emergency training exercises (Victoria Police, Ambulance Victoria, Forest Fire Management and SES)
  • Building inspections
  • Checking water supplies
  • Cleaning vehicles and maintenance of fire station.

Establishing your career

To become a Victorian firefighter, successful candidates must complete 20 weeks of intensive training as part of the Victorian Career Firefighter Course, at the Victorian Emergency Management Training Centre in Craigieburn.  

Upon completion of this course firefighters will continue training on station for 3 years to become a qualified firefighter.

Once qualified, there are a range of opportunities for career progression and take on more responsibilities at an incident, on station and beyond.

Pay Rates

Below is an outline of current gross salary pay rates:

Position Level Salary per week
Recruit Firefighter – during 20 week training course $999.10
Firefighter Level 1 – on completion of the recruit course $1,392.97
Firefighter Level 2 – on completion of 12 months service and all required modules $1,418.76
Firefighter Level 3 – on completion of 24 months service and all required modules $1,447.70
Qualified Firefighter – on completion of 36 months service and a certificate of proficiency $1,560.06

Hours of work:
Firefighters work a '10/14' shift system which comprises two day shifts (8am - 6pm) followed by two night shifts (6pm - 8am).

Probationary period:
The probationary period applies, commencing from the beginning of the Victorian Recruit Firefighter Course.

Annual leave:
Firefighters receive nine weeks rostered annual leave per year. This annual leave is taken in two blocks per year, and is rostered according to the shift and location to which you are based.

Public holidays:
Firefighters are rostered to work throughout the year, including public holidays.

Superannuation:
Firefighters are required to join the Emergency Service Superannuation Scheme (ESSS). This is a defined-benefit superannuation fund to which you contribute according to the rate you nominate on your superannuation form.

Eligibility requirements

  • You must be an Australian citizen, permanent resident or a New Zealand citizen who has entered Australia on a valid passport
  • You must have an Australian driver's licence with 2 years of driving experience by 1st June 2019, green probationary licenses are acceptable. 
  • Applicants who have 8 driving demerit points or more at the time of their application are not eligible to apply
  • Applicants must hold a Heavy Rigid Vehicle Licence at the commencement of the Career Firefighter Recruit Course. Check eligibility requirements on the Vic Roads website
  • You must comply with Criminal history and Driver history policies. Please refer to these policies to check your eligibility
  • All candidates need to undergo a National Police Record Check
  • CFA candidates must be prepared to locate into any of the CFA integrated stations at the completion of the recruit course. Although your preferences are taken into consideration, CFA ultimately makes placement decisions based on logistical need
  • Medical clearance: candidates will be required to obtain a medical clearance from their medical practitioner prior to undertaking the physical assessment components of the selection process.  Prior to all job offers a thorough pre-employment medical is conducted by the Brigade Medical Officer.

Criminal and driving history policies

To be eligible for consideration for appointment as a Victorian firefighter, applicants must be of good character and will be assessed according to criminal, driving and other probity checks.  The prior history of all applicants is considered holistically and on a case-by-case basis. Insufficient/incorrect information supplied by an applicant may result in the cancellation of an application or an exclusion period being applied.

If an applicant is uncertain about their eligibility, they can submit a Voluntary Disclosure form before they apply, outlining the information they would like clarified.

A finding of guilt includes convictions, cautions, diversions, good behaviour bonds and without conviction findings.

Firefighters are required to drive emergency response appliances as a core component of their role, ensuring primary focus on the safety of their crew and the community they serve. This includes driving under emergency response conditions when travelling to incidents and driving under normal road conditions when returning from calls for assistance or conducting routine checks of their maintenance area. It is therefore critical that applicants are able to demonstrate a history of safe and responsible driving behaviour.

Driving history policy

Drink driving and serious driving offences
An applicant with a finding of guilt for exceeding the blood alcohol level (Exceed PCA) with a reading of 0.1% or more may be eligible to apply 10 years after the date of the offence. If the alcohol reading is under 0.1% an applicant may be eligible 5 years after the date of the offence. Multiple such offences will be assessed on a case-by-case basis. An applicant with a finding of guilt for driving in a manner or speed dangerous, DUI, drug impaired driving including refusing to undergo an assessment or refusing to comply with the requirements of testing, may be eligible to apply 10 years after the date of the offence.

Driving whilst licence suspended, cancelled or disqualified
An applicant found driving whilst their licence is cancelled or disqualified may be eligible to apply 10 years from the date of the offence. An applicant found driving whilst their licence is suspended may be eligible to apply 5 years from the date of the offence.

Licence Suspensions/ cancelled/ disqualification (not demerit points suspensions)
An applicant (full or probationary licence holder) with any licence suspension/cancellation/disqualification for matters other than drink/drug driving or unpaid fines may be eligible to apply 2 years after the date the suspension period is completed. An applicant with multiple suspensions will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.

Repetitive Traffic infringements
An applicant’s overall driving record (including any loss/suspension of license or repetitive offences) is also taken into consideration when assessing attitude to road law compliance and poor results may result in your application being found unsuitable. An applicant’s overall driving record will be assessed on a case-by-case basis. Unpaid tolls or parking fines do not affect this application, unless the unpaid fines resulted in a court appearance/outcome.

Criminal history policy

The Criminal History policy takes into consideration the responsibilities of a contemporary firefighter, such as:

  • dealing with members of the community in vulnerable situations in an emergency environment.
  • entering private houses in an emergency environment without the occupant’s supervision.
  • having access to keys to property including large commercial properties.
  • dealing with members of the public including children and isolated elderly in relation to community education.
  • demonstrating a commitment to upholding the principles of the Victorian Public Sector Code of Conduct.

Imprisonment Sentence
An applicant who has been sentenced to any term of imprisonment included suspended sentences will be indefinitely excluded from applying in the future.

Indictable Offences (Serious Offences)
An applicant with a finding of guilt for an offence such as theft, deception, criminal damage, arson, drug trafficking, serious assault or other serious offence may be eligible to apply 10 years after the date of offence when committed as an adult, or 5 years after the date of the offence if committed as a child. This includes all findings of guilt including convictions, cautions, diversions, good behaviour bonds and without-conviction findings.

Summary Offences
An applicant with a finding of guilt for a summary offence involving dishonesty, assault, property damage or any offence against an emergency services worker may be eligible to apply 5 years after the date of offence. An applicant with a finding of guilt on two or more occasions for any other summary offences may be eligible to apply 5 years after the date of the last offence. All other summary offence findings will be assessed on a case-by-case basis. This includes all findings of guilt including convictions, cautions, diversions, penalty notices, good behaviour bonds and without-conviction findings.

Intervention Orders/Personal Safety Orders
An applicant named as the respondent in a current full intervention/personal safety order, or previous full order may be eligible to apply 5 years from the date of the expiration of the order. An applicant who is subject to an interim intervention/personal safety order is ineligible to apply whilst the order is in effect. An applicant with a finding of guilt for breaching an intervention order may be eligible to apply 10 years after the date of the breach if the offence was committed as an adult, or 5 years after the date of the breach if the offence was committed as a child.

False and misleading information
An applicant found to have deliberately supplied false, incomplete or misleading information in an attempt to gain entry into MFB/CFA may be excluded indefinitely from applying in the future.

Outstanding warrants/orders
An applicant with outstanding warrants, court orders, fines, corrections orders is not eligible to apply until the outstanding matters are finalised.

Charged with or awaiting criminal proceedings
An applicant who is charged with or awaiting criminal proceedings is not eligible to apply until the outstanding matters are finalised. A case-by-case assessment will be made re eligibility/suitability.

Application for special consideration

If a person is unsure about their eligibility or does not comply with any of the criteria specified in the Criminal History policy or Driving History policy, they are required to complete a Voluntary Disclosure form.

The form will require the person to provide details and outcome of the infringement/offence/conviction and outline the circumstances and an explanation of the circumstances and reasons why these circumstances warrant special consideration.

All applications for special consideration will be treated on a case-by-case basis.

Please contact mfbrecruit@mfb.vic.gov.au or ffrecruitment@cfa.vic.gov.au 

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