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Career firefighting

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Meet our firefighters


Stacey Greenwood
Commenced her career in 2014

"The most rewarding part of the training has been the friendships and pushing myself to new limits."

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Leading Firefighter
Robart Mendoza
Commenced his career in 2005

"The most important thing I've learned as a firefighter is - be prepared for anything."

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Senior Station Officer
Paul Elso
Commenced his career in 2001

"Do as much preparation as you can. Learn as much as you can."

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Operations Officer
Chris Bigham
Commenced his career in 1994

"Don't get down if you don't succeed the first time. Keep having a go and you'll get there in the end."

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Operations Manager & Regional Commander
Graeme Armstrong
Commenced his career in 1985

"Once you get into CFA there are so many career opportunities."

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CFA career firefighters work closely with local communities and CFA Volunteers to protect lives and property in Victoria. This is a challenging and rewarding career with a lot of variety and great opportunities for progression.

Applications for the Career Firefighter Recruitment Process 2015 are now closed.
The Application System for the role of Career Firefighter will be open again for taking applications on Monday 7th of March 2016.

Women in Career Firefighting Information Session

Join us in a women’s only information session to find out if firefighting is right for you and what you need to do to have a successful application. Register now for the Women in Career Firefighting Information Session.

Download the Career Firefighting brochure and FAQs (PDF 135k)

Who can apply

CFA recruits people from a whole range of cultural and work backgrounds.

Integrity, accountability and physical fitness are all essential attributes for career firefighters. So is an ability to work closely in a team and with diverse sections of the Victorian community. People who speak languages in addition to English are encouraged to apply.

Please make sure you read the essential criteria section to confirm that you are eligible.

Read more about diversity in firefighting.

You don’t need to have firefighting or other emergency response skills to apply for a career firefighting role – all the necessary training is provided.

It's important to be aware that the role involves shift work and can be physically, mentally and emotionally demanding.

Role of a career firefighter

Crew of CFA career firefighters CFA career firefighters standing in a row

Every day is different and you will be doing far more than just fighting fires.

CFA career firefighters:

  • Respond to various fire, accident, rescue and hazardous material situations
  • Train, mentor and support volunteers and community members
  • Educate school/community groups and businesses on fire safey and prevention
  • Maintain and monitor fire stations, equipment and water supplies
  • Carry out administrative duties

Previous Applicants

The selection process for career firefighters is highly competitive.

If you have applied before and been unsuccessful, please make sure you fill in the ‘previous applicant’ section of the online application form.

The Applicant Information Guide (PDF 395k) has further information about exemptions for people who have already completed certain tests and requirements. You are permitted a total of three unsuccessful attempts at each stage of the selection process

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