FAQs

What are the minimum first aid certifications required to apply?

The MFS have incorporated First Aid training into the 14 week Recruit Course.  First aid certification is therefore no longer required as a prerequisite to apply.

What are the minimum driver’s licence requirements?

At time of application, you must hold as a minimum a current and valid C Class (Car) driver’s licence. Probationary/provisional driver’s licences are not acceptable. 

While a C Class driver’s licence is the minimum requirement to apply for a position, it is a condition of appointment that you obtain your MR driver’s licence at your own expense prior to the commencement of the recruit course. Time will be afforded to applicants during the recruitment process to obtain the MR driver’s licence. 

An HR driver’s licence must be achieved within the first 12 months of employment in order to progress from 4th Class Firefighter to 3rd Class Firefighter. Firefighters will need to obtain this licence at their own expense.

For further information regarding licence classes and minimum requirements please visit www.sa.gov.au.

Must I be an Australian Citizen to apply?

Potential applicants must have permanent residency status in Australia. An applicant who is not a citizen of Australia or New Zealand must produce evidence of their ability to permanently reside in Australia, for example, a certificate of Australian Residency issued by the Commonwealth Department of Immigration and Border Protection (formerly Department of Immigration and Multicultural Affairs) or a passport with this evidence.

Applicants must be available in Adelaide, South Australia for all stages of the testing.

Do I have to pay for any of the recruitment selection testing?

The MFS has introduced a fee to participate in the Firefighter Recruitment and Selection Process. The fee is $100 per applicant. The fee is not refundable and wholly contributes to expenses incurred by the MFS in the administration, testing and processing of applications. The MFS do not retain any part of this fee.

Holders of Centrelink issued concession cards may be exempt from paying the administration fee. If you are claiming exemption, you will be required to provide a copy of your card as evidence in order to progress to the next stage. Failure to present the card will exclude you from undertaking the assessment.

Please be advised that the results of the Personality Profiling and Abilities assessment are the property of SAFESELECT and are not provided to applicants or any other parties. Payment of the application fee does not guarantee employment with the MFS.

Can I obtain a copy of previous tests?

Previous tests are not available, however, the MFS has provided information and example questions on this website under the heading Recruitment and Selection. No additional information is available.

Can I negotiate when I can sit the tests?

Applicants will be required to attend on the day and at locations as nominated by the MFS. However, where an applicant is unable to attend on the grounds of illness, they will be required to produce a medical certificate. On provision of a medical certificate, another test date may be scheduled at a time determined by the MFS and subject to medical clearance. Should a medically certified illness keep an applicant for sitting the test for a period exceeding that in which the tests are being conducted, the applicant will not be able to sit the test.

Is there a limit to how many times I can apply?

You are only permitted to submit one application in each campaign. If you were unsuccessful in previous campaigns you may apply again.

Any applicant who deliberately supplies false, incomplete or misleading information in an attempt to gain employment with MFS will be automatically disqualified from further consideration for employment.

Any applicant who returns a high risk or invalid result from the Personality Profiling component of the process will be excluded from re-applying for a period of 3 years.

Does the Personality Profiling and Abilities component include a physical assessment?

No. The Personality Profiling and Abilities component of the process is a sit down/desktop exercise.

Will I be posted to Port Pirie or Mount Gambier where full-time crews operate if I do not wish to be?

It is possible that if you are made an offer, it may be for Port Pirie or Mount Gambier where full-time crews are employed. If you choose to decline that offer, you will placed on the list for an offer in the next recruit course, should one be required.

Who can I contact for results of my tests?

Results of the stages of testing will not be made available to individuals other than that information provided in the letter of advice following each stage.

Does the MFS accept transfers from interstate or overseas firefighters?

There is no provision for lateral transfers from other States or Territories within Australia, or other countries. All applicants must go through the full selection process as detailed on the website and if successful, must complete the full recruit training course.

Do I need to be in Adelaide for testing?

Candidates must be available in Adelaide, South Australia for all stages of the testing.

Should I decide to obtain the MR or HR licence, what type of licence is accepted?

A current and valid C-Class licence and eligibility to obtain an MR licence prior to the commencement of the recruit course, is the minimum requirement to participate in the recruitment process.

Note: While a current and valid C-Class driver’s licence is the minimum requirement to apply, it is a condition of appointment that you obtain your MR driver’s licence at your own expense prior to the commencement of the recruit course.  Time will be afforded to applicants during the recruitment process to obtain the MR driver’s licence. 

There are no restrictions applied at the MR class licence.  Should you wish to obtain an HR class licence the minimum HR (automatic) class is required.  Please refer to www.sa.gov.au for information regarding minimum driving experience.

Please note that new recruits must obtain the minimum HR (automatic) class licence at their own expense within the first 12 months of being a Firefighter in order to progress from 4th Class Firefighter to 3rd Class Firefighter.

Further information on South Australian driving licences is available from www.sa.gov.au.

Is my interstate driver’s licence valid in South Australia?

Yes, subject to that licence being the equivalent to the minimum South Australian Licence required.

Are visible tattoos acceptable?

The MFS Uniform and Dress Code states that visible tattoos must not be excessive or offensive to recognised standards of decency or reflect adversely on the professional image the community expects from employees serving in the MFS. Acceptance or not would be at the discretion of the Chief Officer in accordance with the Uniform and Dress Code.

Can I obtain an application form and/or submit my CV at any time?

Applications for Firefighter positions are only accepted online during an active recruitment campaign.

When will the next Firefighter Recruitment and Selection Process commence?

The MFS will update this website with advice as soon as a campaign launch date has been confirmed. We encourage you to closely monitor this website.

How long is it from the start of testing until commencing training and how much notification is given before each testing stage?

The timeframe for the complete recruitment process is dependent on the number of applicants who are accepted to progress to the first and second stages of testing but it can take between four (4) and six (6) months from call for applications to issue of offers of employment.

It is possible that you will only be given one (1) weeks’ notice to attend any stage of the process.

If I committed a minor offence or drink driving offence recently or a number of years ago will this affect acceptance of my application?

Applicants are required to provide details of all traffic infringements over the last 10 years. Eg. All speeding fines, driving under influence (alcohol or drugs) etc. 

Serious traffic offences within the past 10 years will be considered grounds for a 10 year disqualification from consideration as a potential employee from date of offence.

Matters considered as a serious traffic offence include but are not limited to:

  • Exceed Prescribed Concentration of Alcohol – 0.1% BAC or over or refuse (or previously fail to provide) alcohol tests, including fail to accompany or fail to remain for testing
  • Two or more offences of exceeding Prescribed Concentration of Alcohol under 0.1% BAC
  • Driving under the influence of drugs
  • Found guilty, charge proven for offence of driving whilst licence suspended, cancelled or disqualified
  • Found guilty, charge proven for offence of driving in a manner or speed dangerous.
  • Refusing to stop when requested to do so by a law enforcement officer
  • Refusing a breath test of drug test

If I have convictions for criminal offences, how might this affect my application?

As part of the process, applicants will be required to give consent for the MFS to obtain personal information relating to criminal history. This information shows a record of offences even when a conviction has not been recorded. Please note that findings of guilt without conviction and findings of guilt resulting in a good behaviour bond are findings of guilt and will be released for the MFS’s consideration.

The results of any criminal history screening process are considered on a case-by-case basis.

If I am colour blind or partially colour blind will that affect my application?

The current MFS Medical Standards consider colour blindness to be incompatible with the role and therefore may disqualify an applicant from becoming a Fulltime Firefighter.

As part of the mandatory testing, thorough medicals are conducted on candidates who progress through the selection process. Our Medical Standards document can be found here.

If I have some hearing loss, what level is acceptable?

Firefighters need to hear and be aware of changes in engine or road noises which may signal developing problems; be aware of fire station loudspeaker announcements, radio transmissions, horns, rail crossings, emergency signals and sirens without compromising safety.

As part of the medical examination, an audiology examination will be conducted without the use of hearing aids.

Average hearing thresholds should be equal to or better than 40dB in the better ear: (Average hearing threshold is the simple average of pure tone air conduction thresholds at 500, 1000, 2000 and 3000 Hz).

Where can I obtain more information about the application process, minimum standards and the role of a firefighter?

Every care has been taken to ensure the MFS website provides potential applicants with all the information required for them to submit an application and prepare them for the recruitment process to follow.

I live in Regional/Country South Australia, what opportunities are available to me?

The MFS has Firefighter positions in both Mount Gambier and Port Pirie Stations. Suitable applicants living within those regional locations are encouraged to apply.

Is there a live-in component to the training course?

The training course in generally of 14 week duration but this may be extended to 15 weeks if necessary. There is a four (4) night live-in component located at the CFS State Training Centre at Brukunga in the Adelaide Hills (approximately 45 minutes from the Adelaide CBD).This occurs around week 13 of the training course.

What are the pay rates during training and when assigned to shift?

The current gross rate of pay for Recruit firefighters is $920.06 per week and the weekly rate for firefighters when allocated to shift is $1356.05 inclusive of all shift penalties.

(These rates are current as at July 2016).

What else can I do that would help my application?

It is important to examine the Position Information Description (PID) for Firefighter carefully and analyze your ability to meet the criteria listed in that document. For example: in the areas of your experiences and skill sets against the PID requirements.

Does previous training or experience in emergency services organisations help my application? (ie. MFS, CFS, SES other fire services nationally)?

Previous qualifications and/or experience related to emergency services, specifically firefighting, may improve an applicant's understanding of the role of a Firefighter and assist them to demonstrate skills and knowledge during the recruitment process.

The MFS encourages Retained Firefighters and members of other emergency service organisations to apply for full time Firefighter positions because of their valued knowledge and experiences gained in those roles.

What if I do not have access to an email address?

All correspondence with applicants will be via email. Candidates without a computer or internet access should use computers available at municipal libraries, internet cafes or local post office. Candidates can register for an email account with providers such as yahoo.com or gmail.com.