There is no such thing as a typical firefighter – we come from all sorts of backgrounds and walks of life.

If you’d like to apply to become a Trainee Firefighter, the most important things are your determination, motivation and ability to work in a team.

The Tasmania Fire Service continually reviews and revises our recruitment and selection arrangements to improve diversity among candidates, reflecting the community we serve.

Selection Criteria:

  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively as a member of a team in a variety of situations.
  • An ability to undertake manual tasks and to acquire skills, knowledge and competence.
  • Demonstrated effective written and oral communication skills.
  • A demonstrated capacity to use initiative and judgement.
  • A demonstrated capacity to work in a manner that is consistent with the TFS values of service, professionalism, integrity and consideration.
  • Demonstrated ability to work safely and maintain a safe workplace.

Essential Requirements:

  • Meet the medical and fitness requirements of the TFS.
  • Able to work effectively at heights and in confined spaces.
  • Hold a current manual driver’s licence with no restrictions.
  • The Head of the State Service has determined that a person nominated for appointment as a Trainee Firefighter is to satisfy a pre-employment check before taking up the appointment, promotion or transfer. The following conviction checks are to be conducted:
    • Arson and fire setting;
    • Sexual offences;
    • Crimes involving dishonesty (e.g. theft, burglary, breaking and entering, fraud);
    • Crimes involving deception (e.g. obtaining an advantage by deception);
    • Making false declarations;
    • Violent crimes and crimes against the person; and
    • Malicious damage and destruction to property.

A person is to provide evidence that they are vaccinated against COVID-19 or have an approved exemption.

A person is vaccinated against COVID-19 if the person has received all of the doses of a vaccine for COVID-19, necessary for the person to be issued with a vaccination certificate in respect of COVID-19 by the Australian Immunisation Register, or an equivalent document from a jurisdiction outside of Australia.

A person may be granted an exemption from the requirement to  be vaccinated against the disease where the person demonstrates –

  • Medical contraindication: A person is unable to be vaccinated against the disease due to a medical contraindication if they:
    • provide evidence in a form provided and accepted by the Head of Agency from a medical practitioner (as defined by the Australian Immunisation Register as a medical practitioner who can grant a medical exemption) which certifies that the person has a medical contraindication that prevents them from being vaccinated against the disease. Or,
    • have a medical exemption, that applies to the vaccinations for the disease, that has been recorded on the Australian Immunisation Register, operated by or on behalf of the Commonwealth Government.
  • Exceptional circumstances demonstrated to the satisfaction of the Head of Agency.

Application Process

To be considered for the position of a Trainee Firefighter you need to successfully complete all 9 Stages of the Application Process – which are:

1. Written Application

2. Physical Fitness Assessment (Shuttle Run)

3. Cognitive Ability and Psychological Assessment

4. Review of Written Application and Shortlisting for Interview

5. Medical Assessment

6. Interview

7. Referee Reports

8. Pre-Employment Check

– Final Selection and Appointment