Suitability and eligibility
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Suitability and eligibility

Check your suitability

The questionnaire below is designed to help you decide whether a firefighting career might be right for you. This is not part of your application and CFA does not record these answers.

Read more about eligibility requirements below.

1. Does working in close-knit teams suit you?
2. Do you enjoy being involved with the community?
3. If eligible, are you prepared to undergo 19 weeks of training?
4. Can you work under adverse conditions such as heat?
5. Will shift work suit your lifestyle?
6. Can you carry out verbal orders/instructions?
7. Do you have good communication skills?
8. Do you have good all-round fitness, strength and endurance (or willingness to train hard)?
9. Are you prepared to commit to a recruitment process that may last several months?
10. Can you cope with confined spaces?
11. Can you cope with heights?
12. Are you prepared to relocate to another part of Victoria if required?
13. Do you have good situational awareness and an ability to think on 
your feet?
14. Are you eligible to gain a Heavy Rigid Driver’s License?

Did you answer 'Yes' to all of these questions?

If so, you sound like a suitable candidate for a career firefighter role.

If not, you will need to reconsider or look at doing some additional preparation.

Eligibility Requirements (essential criteria)

For more detail, download the Applicant Information Guide (PDF 1MB)

  • You must be an Australian Citizen or Permanent Resident, and reside within Australia.
  • You must have a full (not probationary) manual driver’s licence at the time you lodge your application.
  • You must not have lost your driver’s license on multiple occasions.
  • You must be prepared and able to gain a Heavy Rigid driver's licence if you are offered a place on the recruit training course.
  • You must declare any issue that may compromise the standard of personal integrity inherent to the position of a Career Firefigher
  • All candidates need to undergo a National Police Record Check before a job offer can be made.
  • Candidates must be prepared to locate into any of the CFA integrated stations at the completion of the recruit course. Although your preferences are taken into consideration, CFA ultimately makes placement decisions based on logistical need
  • Medical clearance: includes a declaration by your medical practitioner, that the state of your health is sufficient to undertake the physically demanding elements of the recruitment process (paid for you).Prior to all job offers a thorough pre-employment medical is conducted on behalf of CFA by Public Health Management (paid for by CFA).

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