Permanent Firefighters

We're looking for people with different skills and capabilities, outside the 'traditional' role of a firefighter, who want to join a team that's prepared for anything. At Fire and Rescue NSW (FRNSW) we do more than fight fires.

Applications for the 2020 Firefighter Recruitment Campaign open on 24 July 2020 until 9 August 2020.

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

Become Fire Fit

Firefighting is a physically demanding occupation. Tasks include carrying heavy loads including personal protective equipment, handling temperature extremes, variable terrains and confined spaces, all of which impose unique physical and physiological demands upon firefighters.

The Fire Fit Training Guide is based on an eight to 12-week program, depending on each individual’s fitness level, and is available to help eligible candidates prepare for the FRNSW Physical Aptitude Test.

Learn more here


Candidate Information Pack - Updated as at 25 June 2020

Please note we have updated the Candidate Information Pack 2020 to reflect that candidates will now receive an invitation to complete the online assessments as soon as your application is submitted to us, rather than at the close of the application period. Please refer to page 13 of the updated Candidate Information Pack for details.

Fire and Rescue NSW (FRNSW) recruitment information session

This recorded video features answers to some of the common questions you submitted to us earlier this month. [external link]

If you haven’t yet, please take the time to watch a recording of last year’s information session, which covers topics including eligibility, the application process, health, medical and fitness requirements, testing processes, the Physical Aptitude Test and more. You can watch it here on YouTube: [external link]

Permanent Firefighter Recruitment 2020

The 2020 Candidate Information Pack, FAQs and Interview Preparation Guide are now available.

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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

View the 2020 Candidate Information Pack to find out more about the recruitment process.

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 five months to complete and consists of three main sections:

  • Submit your application online
  • Online assessments
  • Physical Aptitude Test (PAT)
  • Stage 1 - Assessment of the two targeted questions by recruitment panel(s)
  • Stage 2 - The online verification assessment
  • Stage 3 - Interview

The stages are explored in more detail in the 2020 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.
  • The information session is conducted to help candidates understand the process and prepare. Please join the Fire and Rescue NSW Facebook page for regular updates on the information session or check key dates and information session bookings section of this site.
  • The information session is recorded for viewing on this site after the event
  • 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.