Fire and Rescue NSW launches recruitment campaign

Published: 19th July 2019

Fire and Rescue NSW (FRNSW) today launched its 2019 recruitment campaign, encouraging men and women with diverse skills and experience to pursue a career as a firefighter.

FRNSW Commissioner Paul Baxter announced this year’s campaign during a graduation ceremony for 16 new firefighters, held at the new FRNSW Emergency Services Academy in Orchard Hills.

Commissioner Baxter said the campaign, which normally attracts over 6000 applications each year, is targeting applicants from a diverse range of backgrounds.

“We are looking for people who reflect the professionalism, dedication and values of Fire and Rescue NSW, including people who may have never considered becoming a firefighter,” he said.

“Our newest class of graduates – which includes a former interior designer, a professional lifeguard, a physiotherapist, a commercial diver, a youth worker and a builder – demonstrates that great firefighters come from all types of backgrounds.

“I hope their success inspires others to apply for a diverse, challenging and rewarding career as a firefighter.”

Commissioner Baxter said applicants will need to complete an online application and undergo a series of tests, including problem solving and a Physical Aptitude Test.

“Successful applicants will be trained to be prepared for anything, as our firefighters do so much more than fight fires,” he said.

“We are looking for fit, passionate and resilient individuals with well-developed interpersonal skills and the capacity to undertake the many different roles of a modern firefighter, including fire response and investigation, community engagement, rescue and hazardous materials response.”

Candidates who are offered a place in the recruitment intake will undergo training at the state-of-the-art FRNSW Emergency Services Academy.

Applications open 19 July 2019 and close 4 August 2019. To learn more and to apply visit: