RECRUITMENT

RECRUITMENT WITH FRNSW

Introduction - Have you ever considered a career within the fire service? Are you feeling as though you couldn't possibly think where to start or how to find the information? Have you searched the internet and still feel as though you are coming up short for the answers you truly seek? Well, search no more. We have comprised all the information and relevant links you will need when getting started with your FRNSW application.

First of all an understanding of what kind of position you are applying for is a necessity. Within Fire and Rescue. NSW there are 2 kinds of positions available: Permanent and Retained.

PERMANENT Firefighter - Also known as a 'career firefighter'. This position requires a successful applicant to attend a period of full time training of 13 weeks at the State Training College in Sydney. Upon completion of training these firefighters work for FRNSW as their primary employment.

RETAINED Firefighter - Is a position within FRNSW that is an 'on call' position. Retained firefighters generally have primary employment outside of FRNSW and make themselves available to attend incidents outside of their primary employment working hours. A successful applicant for this position will undertake 2 separate phases of training, (4 days each) at a regional training centre. They then continue with 'on the job' training and skills maintenance based at their fire station.

PERMANENT RECRUITMENT


Fire and Rescue, NSW have permanent recruitment campaigns, generally once a year which are advertised in newspapers, Social Media and on their website www.fire.nsw.gov.au

There are certain criteria which need to be met before applying. Details for these criteria can be found on the FRNSW website once application open dates have been set. http://www.fire.nsw.gov.au/page.php?id=10. The website also contains links to detailed information and resources such as key dates, FAQ and candidate information packs.

The application process involves 4 stages of testing.

Online Psychometric Test - This test is conducted by an independent testing agency to gauge your abilities and likely strengths in Mathematical, Abstract, Verbal and Emotional Reasoning as well as a workplace safety and ethics assessment. Initial testing for these is unsupervised but upon progressing through the application process these tests may be repeated under supervision.

For more information on Psychometric Testing - www.revelian.com/psychometric-testing

Physical Aptitude Test (PAT) is a pre-determined compilation of physical exercises designed to simulate the activities carried out by fire fighters on the fire ground. It incorporates endurance and strength exercises to determine if a candidate is capable of performing the functional requirements of a firefighter.

WAFA runs PAT familiarisation sessions in the period leading up to a Permanent Recruitment campaign and can provide support for anyone applying for a Retained station.

For more information on PAT - www.fire.nsw.gov.au/page.php?id=460

Interview - Upon successful completion of previous testing, candidates may be invited to attend an interview. The interview is an important part of the recruitment process and is not simply a formality. Preparation for your interview is critical for a successful application and a resume may be required at this stage of the application process.

WAFA mentors and other members can provide assistance with preparation for this stage.

Medical Assessment - A medical assessment will be carried out to ensure the candidate meets FRNSW Medical health standards and will also involve drug and alcohol screening.

Letter of Offer will be sent out to successful applicants inviting them to accept a position with FRNSW and will inform them of commencement dates at the training college.

RETAINED RECRUITMENT

Recruitment for Retained positions within FRNSW are open for interested persons to apply all year round depending on positions vacant at the station in question. An application form can be requested in person at the station or can be found on the FRNSW website along with eligibility criteria at www.fire.nsw.gov.au/page.php?id=11

The application process for retained fire fighter consists of:

Initial application - an application form and resume is to be sent to FRNSW zone office and will be processed and assessed for suitability.

Interview - upon successful application, candidates may be invited to attend an interview. Interview is an important part of the recruitment process and is not simply a formality. Preparation for Interview is critical for a successful application.

Medical Assessment - A medical assessment will be carried out to ensure the candidate meets FRNSW Medical health standards and will also involve drug and alcohol screening.

Physical Aptitude Test (PAT) is a pre-determined compilation of physical exercises designed to simulate the activities carried out by firefighters on the fire ground. It incorporates endurance and strength exercises to determine if a candidate is capable of performing the functional duties relating to the position of firefighter.

For more information on PAT - www.fire.nsw.gov.au/page.php?id=460

Letter of Offer successful applicant will receive a letter of offer from FRNSW offering them employment.

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