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Auxiliary Firefighter Recruitment

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Auxiliary firefighters are integral members of the Queensland Fire and Emergency Services. They provide an efficient and effective service to Queensland communities in the preservation of life, property and the environment.  Their duties include structural and environmental fires, motor vehicle entrapment, chemical spills, technical rescue, building compliance inspections and community education.

QFES officers putting on their fire fighting gear

Auxiliary firefighters live and work within communities they serve.  Most hold regular jobs as farmers, tradespeople and at the time of an incident

Auxiliary firefighters are integral members of the Queensland Fire and Emergency Services working alongside full-time or volunteer firefighters in the provision of fire and rescue services to the communities of Queensland. Please view the link below for specific locations.

“I continue to be involved with QFES because of the sense of satisfaction it gives me. 
To be involved in my community to be part of a great team great people.”

“I am glad to be part of QFES and only wish I had done it sooner.”

“We have a great team here and we all get along, even if I am the only girl.”

“I enjoy every minute of employment with QFES.”

“It gave me a taste for a permanent career within the QFES. “


Anybody can become an auxiliary firefighter within their local community provided they:

Auxiliary Firefighter positions are not available at all QFES station locations. Check where auxiliary positions may be available.

* It is highly desirable that your employer consent to releasing you at the time of an emergency incident. 


The QFES expect that all new auxiliary firefighters will be committed to:

  1. Attending incident and emergency calls
    • 50% of calls if you work ordinary business hours
    • 30% of calls if you are a shift worker or have non-routine hours
  2. Attending 75% of weekly core skills maintenance sessions
  3. Completing Senior First Aid & Advance Resuscitation training at QFES expense
  4. Obtaining an ‘MRV’ licence, at your own expense, within 12 months of commencement
  5. Complying with the QFES safety and personal presentation standards

Selection Process

As part of the recruitment and selection process, applicants will be required to undertake a number of assessments and achieve results which meet QFES standards.

  1. Application Form
  2. Aptitude Test
    assess your ability to complete various numeracy and literacy tasks
  3. Physical Test
    assess your muscular strength and physical ability
  4. Interview
    assess your interpersonal and communication skills
  5. Medical Assessment
  6. Referee Checks
  7. Criminal History Check

Positions are limited.  Please visit your local station or contact QFES Recruitment on, regarding the availability of vacancies and for further information.

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Last updated 08 February 2016