Role of a Firefighter


Our organisation seeks intelligent, fit, community minded people from all backgrounds who are looking for a unique challenge.  To be a successful firefighter, you need a wide range of skills, knowledge and abilities. ACTF&R firefighters are ACT Public Sector (ACTPS) employees and we seek to employ people who reflect our professionalism and values, along with the diversity of our society.
A successful recruit will have the following skills and attributes:

• Personal resilience and an ability to work effectively in challenging situations;
• Appreciation of the need to critically evaluate risk and adhere to safe work practices in
situations that at times can be inherently dangerous;
• Effective and appropriate written and verbal communication skills;
• A commitment to service and help others, and an interest and ability to engage with members
of the public;
• The ability to work shiftwork including nights, weekends and public holidays, flexibility in work
locations within the ACT and an interest in ongoing development;
• Demonstrate respect toward your fellow colleagues, the community and all others regardless
of individual differences;
• Well developed interpersonal skills and the capacity to work within, and contribute positively
to, a small team working in close proximity;
• The ability to exercise self discipline and use sound judgement in ensuring assigned tasks are
completed to required standard and within tight timeframes; and
• A capacity to acquire new skills and demonstrated problem solving ability.

The environments firefighters are required to work in include:
• Working at heights
• Working in enclosed spaces
• Working outdoors
• Getting wet during your work
• Working in situations where you may see seriously injured casualties or fatalities
• Working with a diverse range of people e.g. different ages, ethnic backgrounds etc.
• Getting hot/cold whilst working
• Carrying and operating equipment
• Working 10 or 14 hours shifts


ACT Fire & Rescue provides the following services to the community:

  • Respond to Structure Fires
  • Respond to Hazardous Materials Incidents
  • Respond to Bushfires
  • Respond to Chemical, Biological and Radiological Incidents
  • Respond to Vehicle Fires
  • Assess Fire Engineered Building Solutions
  • Undertake Motor Vehicle Accident Rescue
  • Ensure Fire Safety Compliance in Buildings
  • Undertake Confined Space Rescue
  • Conduct Fire Hazard Inspections
  • Undertake Trench Rescue
  • Provide Community Education
  • Respond to Building Collapse
  • Provide Emergency Medical Assistance
  • Undertake Animal Rescue
  • Coordinate Community Fire Units
  • Conduct Fire Investigation
  • Conduct Community Events Planning
  • Provide Storm Damage Assistance
  • Conduct Community Safety Planning
  • Respond to Automatic Fire Alarms
  • Provide Communications Support to Emergency Agencies
  • Provide Assistance to Community events and organisations