There is no limit to how many times you can apply for the Tasmania Fire Service Trainee Firefighter Development Program.
You must be 18 years of age to apply.
You must hold a current manual driver’s licence with no restrictions.
You must also be eligible to apply for a medium rigid drivers licence by the commencement of the Trainee Firefighter Development Program.
The current licencing requirements state that you may apply for a medium rigid licence if you hold a manual drivers licence.
If you have a provisional licence, you must be 19 years of age and have held the licence for at least 12 months at the start of the Trainee Development Program or be able to gain an exemption from Service Tasmania.
A medium rigid licence is a desirable requirement, but not essential.
A criminal history check is conducted if you reach the interview stage.
This checks for:
- 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 a person
- Malicious damage and destruction to property
If you have been convicted of any of these crimes, you will not be eligible for employment.
Vacancies are advertised through the Tasmanian government gazette. Visit the application process section of this website for further information.
You need to have the right to work in Australia to join the Tasmania Fire Service.
There are no formal prerequisites for the role of firefighters. A medium rigid driver’s license is desirable but not essential.
The psychological demands of firefighting can be very intense and firefighters perform duties that will sometimes involve highly stressful and dangerous situations. As this is the case, it is essential that you are free of any mental illness or psychological symptoms that would prevent you from being able to perform the duties of an operational firefighter.
As a starting point for you to consider for yourself, you may want to reflect on the factors or triggers that led to your psychological disorder and then consider your potential exposure to similar triggers whilst undertaking firefighting duties.
Firefighters from other jurisdictions are welcome to apply for the trainee firefighter development program.
On occassion, we can facilitate international exchanges.
A Medical Assessment is necessary to make sure you are medically able to work under the rigorous conditions, both physically and mentally, for firefighting.
Once you apply, you will be provided with medical assessment requirements and a list of doctors in Tasmania who are able to complete it for you at your own cost. Interstate applicants will need to make an appointment with an Occupational Physician who has the ability to complete the tests including hearing, sight, and lung capacity.
You may complete your medical assessment at any stage during the recruitment process and you must have your medical assessment completed prior to your interview. If you have not completed and provided us with your medical assessment before your interview, you will not be able to participate in an interview.
There is a range of medical conditions which may indicate a person is not medically able to be a firefighter. It is not possible, however, to state that a person may not become a firefighter because the person has a specified medical condition.
A medical assessment is necessary to make sure you are medically able to work under the rigorous conditions, both physically and mentally, for firefighting.
The specific nature of any condition will need to be taken into consideration. A medical review by a specialist or specialists may be required if the medical assessment shows a person has a condition which may be of concern.
Life as a trainee FAQs
The trainee recruit program is run from the Cambridge training complex in the south of the state. Those who need to travel will be provided accommodation at the Tasmania Police Academy in Rokeby during the week, for the duration of the 15-week course. If you choose to relocate you will do so at your own expense.
The Trainee Development Program runs for 15 weeks. During this period you will be trained to be a “truck-ready firefighter”. You are on probation for the first six months of your employment commencing on the first day of the Program. You will graduate from the program as a firefighter, and much like an apprenticeship, you will work through assessments and paypoint progressions over the four years to become a Senior Firefighter.
The Trainee Firefighter Development Program is the beginning of career-long competency-based learning. During the course, Trainee Firefighters become competent in all facets of firefighting including the use of breathing apparatus, driving fire appliances, and fighting bush and structure fires. They are also trained in various rescue disciplines such as road crash rescue, hazardous materials incidents and first aid.
Qualified instructors assess each trainee’s performance throughout the course. If for some reason a trainee is not performing to the required level, the instructors will provide mentoring and guidance.
Life as a firefighter FAQs
The operational needs of TFS will determine where you are stationed. We do our best to assign firefighter recruits to their preferred region but this is not always possible.
If you are assigned to the south or north, you will initially be stationed at Hobart and Launceston stations. If you are assigned to the North West, you will be stationed at Burnie or Devonport.
It is unlikely TFS will facilitate permanent transfers to other regions.
Most of our Firefighters work a roster of four shifts on (two days, two night), and then four off. Due to the operational requirements, the rostering does not currently accommodate part-time arrangements.
Shift swaps with firefighters on other shifts can be arranged. This is managed by agreement with all involved, and approved by the shift manager.
Accommodation areas on station are shared but everyone has the privacy of their own bedroom for resting on night shift.
Fire stations have unisex bathrooms and toilets with individual cubicles. Some career fire stations are also shared with Ambulance Tasmania who also use these facilities.
The role of a firefighter is diverse and challenging and requires personal qualities that are not related to gender.
As a firefighter you are required to do shift work. Once you reach the rank of Leading Firefighter and above, there are opportunities to move to day work positions.
Shift work does allow time for TFS employees to gain secondary or supplementary employment. It must not be in conflict with your role as an employee of TFS, and you must allow time to rest appropriately between shifts.
Tasmania Fire Service covers the cost of all items of uniform and personal protective equipment.
Firefighters are expected to maintain a high level of fitness, but there is currently no annual fitness test. Gym facilities are available at each career station, as well as health and wellbeing programs offered by the department.
Relocation costs are at the expense of the employee.
Firefighting is commonly considered to be a dangerous job, and it does come with some risk. TFS requires its people to be highly trained in safe work practices and contemporary firefighting methods to create the safest work environment possible.