Applications FAQs

Applications for Firefighter positions will open on Thursday 27 June 2024.

There is no limit to how many times you can apply for a Firefighter position. However, please be aware that the Psychometric and Cognitive Abilities Tests can only be completed once per 12 month period and results will carried over within that time.

You must be over 18 years of age to apply. However, please be aware that candidates must also hold a Full Manual ‘C’ Class Drivers License.

You must hold a current manual driver’s licence with no restrictions.

You can apply for a position while holding an automatic license provided that by the end of the selection process (prior to appointment) you can demonstrate that you have transferred to a full manual C class license.

You must also be eligible to apply for a medium rigid drivers licence by the commencement of the Recruit Course.

The current licencing requirements state that you may apply for a medium rigid licence if you hold a manual drivers licence.


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 at Tasmanian Government Jobs website. Visit the application process section of this website for further information.

To be employed in the Tasmanian State Service you must be an Australian citizen or permanent resident, a New Zealand citizen, or hold a current visa which allows you to work in Australia.

This is an entry level position and we’ll teach you what you need to know. You don’t need any formal qualifications to apply.

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 a Firefighter position as a recruit, at Station Officer or District Officer levels.


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. 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.




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.

While being vaccinated against COVID-19 is strongly encouraged, this is no longer an essential requirement and the statement of duties is in the process of being updated to reflect that.


Life as a recruit FAQs

The recruit course is 15 weeks and around 10 of those weeks are run from the Cambridge training complex in the south of the state. The remainder of the program is run in Burnie and Launceston depending where the firefighters participating are going to be stationed.

The recruit course runs for 15 weeks. During this period you will be trained to be a “shift-ready firefighter”. Firefighters on probation for the first six months of their employment starting on the first day of the Program. Recruits graduate from the program as a firefighter, and much like an apprenticeship, will work through assessments and paypoint progressions ove four years to become a Senior Firefighter.

The recruit course 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 recruit’s performance throughout the course. If for some reason a recruit 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.


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 quarters 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.

Absolutely! 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.

Lateral Entry FAQs

TFS is not currently accepting lateral entry applications. Entry points for experienced firefighters are either at Firefighter (recruit), Station Officer or District Officer level (and above). Vacancies for these positions are advertised on when they become available

TFS is not currently accepting lateral entry applications.

When accepting lateral entry applications, TFS will consider applications from firefighters from the following agencies:

    • Queensland Fire and Rescue
    • New South Wales Fire and Rescue
    • Fire Rescue Victoria
    • South Australia Country Fire Service
    • SA Metropolitan Fire Service
    • WA Fire and Rescue Service
    • ACT Fire and Rescue
    • NT Fire and Rescue Service
    • Air Services Australia
    • Fire Emergency New Zealand

To be considered for lateral entry as an experienced firefighter you must satisfy the following:

  • Hold a Certificate III in Public Safety (Firefighting and Emergency Operations); and
  • Minimum of four* years’ experience as a career firefighter; and
  • Been employed by a recognised career firefighting agency within the last 2-3 years

Your salary/rank will be determined by the assessment of your qualifications and experience. You will be advised early in the process so you can determine whether you would like your application to proceed.

Details of TFS firefighter salaries are available in the Worklife section.


You will find the rank structure in Tasmania Fire Service is slightly different to other firefighting agencies.

Your rank will be determined after the completion of your qualifications assessment is completed, which is quite early in the process.

Firefighters within the TFS rank structure must have all units of competence determined by TFS as required for that rank.

Although you may hold Certificate III in Public Safety (Firefighting and Emergency Operations), the make up of the units of competence may vary from the units of competence required by TFS. If you’re successful in your application, a training plan will be put in developed so you can gain the units of competence you have not attained.

The training plan will be varied and customised to you and your requirements. You will receive a combination of training in a Contextualisation Course at the start of your employment, courses run by TFS Training and Education, and brigade training on station. You will be given priority for any pre-organised courses that will assist you attaining the competencies you require.

A contextualisation course allows experienced firefighters to gain an understanding of TFS doctrine, policies, procedures and equipment – all of which vary between agencies. Basically it covers “how we do things around here”.  If there are common competency gaps for all participants, these may also be covered in this course.

The duration and location of the contextualisation course will vary depending on the skillsets of participants and the training required.


If you hold Cert IV in Public Safety (Firefighting Supervision), you are qualified for the rank of Station Officer with TFS (gap analysis dependent). Station Officer positions are promotion points in TFS and are advertised externally – this would be the most appropriate way for you to gain employment as a Station Officer in TFS.

Lateral entry is only available up to the rank of Leading Firefighter (TFS Station Officer qualified). If you’re a current Station Officer, the only way to join laterally is to demote from that rank.