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.

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

Applications have closed

Applications have now closed for the Permanent (full-time) firefighter recruitment campaign.

Applications closed Sunday 11:59PM 9 August 2020


Key dates updated - Updated as at 20 August 2020

The key dates and information session bookings page has been updated. Please note that due to the current situation regarding COVID-19, the process and dates are indicative only and subject to change on short notice.

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.

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Candidate Information Pack

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

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).

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)
  • Merit based stages
  • Medical assessment

The stages are explored in more detail in the 2020 Candidate Information Pack, 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.
  • 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.