Candidates who successfully complete the application process to join the Tasmania Fire Service will become a member of the Trainee Firefighter Development Program.

The Trainee Firefighter Development Program helps you develop into a “Truck Ready” Probationary Firefighter upon graduation.

The program is conducted over a period of 15 weeks at the Cambridge Training Complex. Each week, you’ll be taught an essential firefighting skill, gradually building your overall knowledge.

The program is split into three phases:

Pre-Program Phase

The Pre-program phase provides you with basic background knowledge of the TFS, along with firefighting appliances, equipment procedures and terminology.

Building Phase

The building phase of the program consists of 10 skillsets delivered over 10 x 1 week blocks. The blocks serve to build your skills and knowledge.

Consolidation Phase

The consolidation phase consists of the final 5 weeks of the program. During this time you’ll consolidate their learning through; simulated emergency incidents, simulated shift rotations, offsite training activities and practical assessments.


If successful, you’ll gain probationary employment. After successful completion of six months’ probation, you’ll gain permanent employment.