General Conditions of Employment

Employment Location(s)

Applicants must be prepared to work at any MFS station where full-time crews are employed. Offers of employment will be conditional on the following criteria.

The highest ranking eighteen (18) applicants will be placed on a global cab-rank reflecting their order of merit. Based on regional vacancies (Port Pirie and Mount Gambier), regional postings may be offered and are offered in reverse order of the cab rank - i.e. The eighteenth applicant is offered a regional posting first. If that applicant declines the offer they will be placed at the beginning of the cab rank for the next recruit course, should one be required, and the 19th applicant is offered the regional posting. If there are two regional positions available, then applicants in the eighteenth and seventeenth position of the cab rank will be offered. If either or both decline the offer, they will be placed at the beginning of the cab rank for the next recruit squad, should one be required.

Shift System

On successful completion of the Recruit Course, you will be posted to a shift and station subject to staffing requirements. It is possible that you may be posted to Port Pirie or Mount Gambier. 

Full-time Firefighters are employed on a shift system to provide for 24 hour cover on every day of the year.

In the Adelaide metropolitan area, each shift works two 10 hour DAY shifts (each from 0800 hours to 1800 hours), followed on the next two days by two 14 hour NIGHT shifts (from 1800 hours to 0800 hours the following morning). The Firefighter then has four days off before starting the cycle again.

In Port Pirie, each shift works 24 hours, commencing 0800 hours, followed by three (3) days off before starting the cycle again.

In Mount Gambier, the full-time crew work during the day, Monday to Friday an average of 40 hours per week. 

Opportunity may also exist to participate in operational training relief (OTR) in the Adelaide metropolitan area. OTR shift is a series of four consecutive 10 hour shifts followed by four days off. The firefighter then works another four 10 hour day shifts followed by two days off, after which the cycle begins again.

Career Development

MFS recognises that its greatest asset is its people and develops its people with industry leading training standards. The MFS has a staff development program designed to provide personnel with access to quality training and development relevant to their individual and organisational needs. The MFS is committed to supporting life-long learning by providing a career pathway to its personnel. It will be mandatory for all full-time firefighters, for the first six years of their career, to enrol and complete the compulsory study programs as part of the MFS Staff Development Framework.



All firefighters are issued with uniforms and protective clothing at no cost to the individual. If any article is damaged in the course of work, it will be replaced as soon as possible.


The MFS operates its own Superannuation Scheme to which all employees are required to become members. Information on the Scheme can be viewed here


Firefighters are required to take their recreation leave under a rostered system. For further information regarding leave entitlements, please refer to the South Australian Metropolitan Fire Service Enterprise Agreement 2014. To download a copy of the Agreement, please click here.

The MFS may recognise prior service with a public sector agency (Commonwealth, State or Local) for applicants who are successful in gaining employment as a firefighter. 

Recognition of prior service is restricted to service for the purposes of leave only and does not include recognition of prior learning for the purposes of rank.

Prior Service

Applicants who have previous emergency service experience/qualifications and are successful in gaining employment as a firefighter, may, after one year apply for recognition of prior service. Each application will be assessed on a case by case basis and if appropriate applicants will be progressed to an appropriate rank based on experience and qualifications.  

Personal Presentation

The MFS has a standard for personal presentation. 

Firefighters hair must be kept tidy at all times when wearing caps or helmets. 

Length of hair, at the rear, shall be cut or gathered to be kept clear of the collar of uniform shirts and clear of eyes and ears.  

No beards are allowed as these interfere with the wearing of breathing apparatus.  

The MFS has a no smoking policy.

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.