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NSW Fire Brigades

Climb the ladder to a successful career

How high can you climb?

We face big challenges each and every day. Working at the NSW Fire Brigades isn't just a job, it's a better future. To find out more about working for one of the most respected and trusted professions please read on.


The purpose of the NSW Fire Brigades is to enhance community safety, quality of life and confidence by minimising the impact of hazards and emergency incidents on the people, environment and economy of New South Wales . As one of the world's largest urban fire and rescue services, we manage fire emergencies in NSW's major cities and towns.

We respond to rescues, hazardous materials incidents and possible terrorism activities across the State. We work with other Government agencies to minimise the impact of bushfires, storms, floods, landslides, building collapses, motor vehicle accidents and other emergencies. We also run prevention and preparedness programs to prevent these emergencies and reduce their impact on the community.

Dedicate yourself to a diverse and satisfying career

Want new skills? New challenges? New friends? Then join the NSWFB, Australia 's largest fire and emergency service.

With talented people as our most important asset for success, we work hard to provide each of our employees the opportunity to maximize his/her potential, and to learn, grow, and advance within our organization.

The NSWFB is looking right now for people from all walks of life and backgrounds to become firefighters. We are seeking applicants who are team-oriented, community minded and physically fit, and who enjoy helping people. Our current recruitment drive is offering 160 places.

More than fighting fires

A typical day doesn't really exist. Firefighters perform a wide variety of duties including managing fire emergencies in NSW's major cities and towns. We also respond to rescues, hazardous materials incidents and possible terrorism activities. Another important role, is the prevention and preparedness programs run by the NSWFB.

To find out more about the role of a firefighter click below:

The Role of a Firefighter

You'll make great new friends in the NSW Fire Brigades. In fact, many make friends during their Fire Brigades career that last a lifetime.

The NSW Fire Brigades is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Women are encouraged to apply, as are Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders and applicants from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

To find out first hand how some of our firefighters came to join the NSWFB and their experience working in this role please click on the links below:

Women in Firefighting

Firefighting is a Family Affair

A Career in Firefighting

Recruitment Process

The NSW Fire Brigades has a selection process which can take up to 12 months to complete. All successful applicants will be invited to enter the NSWFB State Training College where recruit training is conducted over a sixteen week period.

Training within the NSW Fire Brigades is extremely diverse. Firefighters need to be physically fit, so there are fitness assessments for all new recruits.

To find out more about the recruitment process, please click on the link below :

Recruitment Process

Assessments of Firefighter Applicants

Click on the links below to find out more.

The Shuttle Run

The Firefighting Task Course

How to apply

Want to apply to become a firefighter? Then click on  to submit your online application (applications can only be submitted online).

Applications will be accepted online throughout June but will close at 5pm Friday 27 June 2008 . Late applications will not be accepted, so apply now if you are interested! 

Other roles

Don't want to be a firefighter but would love to work for the NSW Fire Brigades? Check here for other employment opportunities by clicking below:
Jobs at NSW Fire Brigades