Frequently Asked Questions

Eligibility to Apply

Applications

Selection Process

Recruit Training

Employment and 
Conditions

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Eligibility to Apply

Is there an age limit to apply?

No, there is no defined age limit, but you must meet the driver's licence eligibility requirements.

What are the minimum driver's licence requirements?

At time of application, you must hold a current and valid C Class (Car) driver's licence. A probationary or provisional driver's licence is not acceptable.

Your MR driver's licence must, at your own expense, be obtained prior to the commencement of the recruit course. Time will be allocated to applicants during the recruitment process to obtain your MR driver's licence.

An HR (automatic) driver's licence must, at your own expense, be obtained within the first 12 months of employment in order to progress from 4th Class Firefighter to 3rd Class Firefighter.

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

Is an interstate driver's licence valid in South Australia?

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

What First Aid Qualifications are required to apply?

First aid certification is no longer a prerequisite to apply.

It is a condition of appointment, however, that you obtain the appropriate level of First Aid certification, at your own expense, prior to the commencement of the Recruit Course. Time will be allowed for applicants during the recruitment process to obtain the First Aid certification.

The required First Aid Certification is Provide First Aid (HLTAID003).

Must I be a permanent Australian resident or 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.

What documents can I submit for proof of citizenship or residence?

 

  • Birth Certificate (if born in Australia)
  • Australian Passport
  • Certificate of Australian Citizenship
  • Certificate of Australian Residency

 

Can I bring my Medicare card to prove concession or residency?

No. A Medicare Card is not evidence of residency and is not a Concession Card.

Training being undertaken at the Angle Park Training facility.

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.

If I have 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, including 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, taken from the 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 or drug test

 

An applicant's overall driving record is also taken into consideration when assessing attitude to road law compliance. A poor driving record may result in your application being found unsuitable. An applicant's overall driving record will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.

If I have a conviction for a criminal offence, 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.

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. Please refer to our Medical Standards document (PDF, 22 KB) for further information.

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

Firefighters need to 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.

Please refer to our Medical Standards document (PDF, 22 KB) for further information.

If I live in regional or country South Australia, what opportunities are available to me?

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

The Fire Service also employs retained firefighters on a part time basis in other regional areas. Click here for information on retained firefighters.

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, an internet cafe or a local post office. Candidates can register for an email account with providers such as yahoo.com or gmail.com.

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

This website is the best point of reference and provides potential applicants with all the information required for them to submit an application and prepare them for the recruitment process to follow.

What else can I do that would help my application?

It is important to carefully examine the Position Information Document (PID) (PDF, 850 KB) for Firefighters and analyse your ability to meet the criteria listed in that document. It would be beneficial to consider the areas of your experiences and skill sets against the PID requirements.