Permanent Firefighters

We are putting the call out to everyone in NSW; those who could make excellent firefighters but may not have necessarily considered it. At Fire and Rescue NSW (FRNSW) we do more than fight fires.

Applications are now closed

Learn about the key dates and information sessions, the process and being Fire Fit.

Please join us on Facebook or Twitter: @FRNSW for regular updates on the recruitment campaign.

Recruitment update

Posted: 4 Dec 2018

Fire and Rescue NSW (FRNSW) is aware that a number of candidates applying for the Permanent Firefighter Recruitment Campaign experienced technical difficulties while logging into, completing or transitioning between the on-line assessments as part of their application.

Our commitment is to ensure that all candidates have a fair and equitable opportunity to complete the assessment, and that the assessment can be validly scored. In order to achieve this, theĀ service provider is reviewing the assessment sessions of candidates who may have experienced technical issues to determine whether a valid score has been attained.

Candidates who were affected by technical issues may be asked to complete some or all of the assessments again. Depending on the affected assessment, and the nature of the interruption, you may be asked to re-complete the entire assessment, or just those components that have not been previously completed.

It’s important to note that where candidates need to re-sit some or all of the assessment, the testing process has ensured all candidates are given an equal opportunity in answering the questions and no advantage is given to those that do not need to re-sit the assessment.

As a result of these technical difficulties the timeline for recruitment has been updated. Please visit the Key dates and info sessions pageĀ for more information. FRNSW apologises for any inconvenience this may have caused.

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Join the team that’s prepared for anything

Fire and Rescue NSW is a world-class emergency service organisation.

We are looking for more men and women who can commit to our values of respect, integrity, service and courage.

Being a firefighter is no ordinary job. The work is varied, challenging and rewarding, often operating in confronting and stressful situations, particularly when people are injured or threatened with injury and loss of life.

Our firefighters are an intelligent, highly skilled, ethical and professional team of men and women from all walks of life, who are prepared for anything.

We help anyone, anywhere, anytime, responding to any emergency necessary and we are passionate about safety, education and prevention.

Learn more about the role of being a firefighter

Get ready

Key dates and info sessions

Learn more about information sessions and important dates in the application and selection process.

Get Fire Fit

Firefighting is a physically demanding occupation. This guide has been developed to assist candidates in preparing for the Physical Aptitude Test (PAT).

Candidate Information Pack and key links

The 2019 Candidate Information Pack is now available.

Recruitment stages

Recruitment for firefighters at Fire and Rescue NSW is the largest NSW Government recruitment process in operation. This results in a competitive, multi-stage process aimed at identifying the very best candidates for the job.

The firefighter recruitment campaign takes up to four months to complete and consists of three main sections:

Application Gateway - Part 1
  • Phase 1 - Submit your application online
  • Phase 2 - 1st online assessments
  • Phase 3 - 2nd online assessments
Application Gateway - Part 2
  • Physical Aptitude Test (PAT)
Three merit-based recruitment stages
  • Stage 1 - Assessment of the two targeted questions by recruitment panel(s)
  • Stage 2 - The online verification test
  • Stage 3 - Interview

The stages are explored in more detail in the Candidate Information Pack and above, including how candidates will be selected to progress forward:

  • Candidates must be successful at each recruitment stage to be considered eligible to progress to the next stage.
  • Progress updates will be notified by email.
  • Information session are conducted to help candidates understand the process and prepare. Please join the Fire and Rescue NSW Facebook and Twitter pages for regular updates on information sessions or check key dates and information session bookings section of this site.
  • FRNSW is committed to ensuring that security, integrity and privacy is not compromised at any stage of the recruitment process and will carry out systematic ID checks and online test verification.

A comprehensive list of recruitment Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) can be found here.