The Careers Spot
FIREFIGHTING AS A CAREER
Within the CFA there are career firefighters and volunteers.
Career firefighters spend approximately 10% of their time fighting fires. The rest of their time is spent talking to school, community and local business groups about fire safety and prevention, maintaining and monitoring equipment and regular training.
The CFA looks for men and women from all walks of life and cultures. Applicants must hold a full, manual drivers’ licence (so the applicant must be at least 22 years old), be an Australian citizen or permanent resident and be prepared to relocate. Physical fitness and the ability to perform under pressure are essential qualities, as is the ability to work closely in a team and with diverse sections of the community. People who speak languages in addition to English are encouraged to apply.
Applications must be submitted online. The recruitment process takes 6 months and includes the beep test, physical ability and aptitude tests, screening and senior panel interviews, personality profile, medical and police checks and employer referee checks. The aptitude tests are at Year 11 level and include verbal, numerical and mechanical tests.
If successful, the applicant then completes a 19 week recruitment course. Recruits must complete modules of competency and after 3 and a half years, they will become fully qualified career firefighters.
Volunteer firefighters can join their local CFA branch at any time as there are no age restrictions. Many people volunteer with the CFA until they have their full licence, and then apply to become a career firefighter.
For more information www.cfa.vic.gov.au/career