Careers in firefighting

Nowadays there's more to being a firefighter than donning the uniform and heading out to fires – we now have a strong focus on fire prevention and education about the importance of fire safety.

Women’s Come and Try Day

Northern Territory Fire and Rescue Service is actively encouraging more women to consider firefighting as a career.

To this end, we are hosting a Women’s Come and Try Day in Darwin on 12 February and in Alice Springs on 25 February 2017. This event is designed to create a conversation in the community, and to encourage women to consider firefighting as a career. It is not a part of the formal recruitment process.

You’ll have the opportunity to speak to fire officers, view the testing equipment and try some of the elements of the physical test.

Fitness instructors and personal trainers will be invited to attend, with the aim that they will become aware of the physical requirements for entry to the NT Fire and Rescue Service and be able to design fitness programs for interested candidates to pursue in their own time.

Attendance is by registration only.

Registrations for Darwin have now closed. Click here to register for Alice Springs by COB Tuesday 21 February

Career Firefighter

Recruits are required to complete a 16-18 week Recruit Firefighter Training Course and subsequent on shift skills consolidation for a further period of eight months. It is a permanent position with 12 months probation.

The Northern Territory Fire and Rescue Service offers a wide variety of interesting and challenging career opportunities with excellent salaries and conditions.

Firefighters enjoy:

  • Nine weeks annual leave
  • Excellent roster – two days, two nights, four days off
  • Paid training
  • Ongoing learning opportunities
  • Job satisfaction
  • Comradeship
  • Good promotional aspects
  • Great working conditions

Applicants must:

  • Be an Australian citizen or have permanent resident status
  • Have NO significant criminal history
  • Be physically fit and healthy and complete a Fitness Test
  • Possess a current open driver's licence with the ability to obtain a manual medium rigid drivers licence a minimum of one week prior to the recruit course start date. Evidence to be provided at interview
  • Hold a Certificate in First Aid
  • Have either Senior Secondary Education Certificate (Year 12 or equivalent), a completed Trade Certificate or Tertiary Qualification, or be able to demonstrate considerable employment experience (minimum two years full time work experience), life skills and interaction with a variety of people.