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.

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

– Familiarisation Day

4. Physical Abilities Assessment

5. Review of Written Application and Shortlisting for Interview

6. Medical Assessment

7. Interview

8. Referee Reports

9. Pre-Employment Check

– Final Selection and Appointment