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

Now is the time to start training to become Fire Fit.

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.

Website updates 2 Aug 2019

We have created a series of exercise focused videos called “Train Like a Firefighter” that will show you how each exercise relates to the physical demands required of firefighters. You can watch the videos on our website here or in this YouTube Playlist.

Stay up to date with our recruitment campaign

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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 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 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 and Twitter pages 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.

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