Recruitment

Overseas and Interstate Applicants

Overseas applicants

Overseas applicants (except New Zealand citizen's who have entered Australia on a valid passport) must have been granted Australian citizenship or permanent resident status in Australia,  prior to applying for a position of recruit firefighter  

Applicants can apply on-line via the MFB website, however they will need to be present in Melbourne to undertake the various stages of selection.

Transfers from interstate brigades

The MFB does not accept transfers from interstate fire brigades. 

Applicants can apply on-line via the MFB website; however they will need to be present in Melbourne to undertake the various stages of selection.

All firefighters must complete the requirements set out in the MFB Training Framework Schedule 3 of the Operational Staff Agreement 2010. This schedule includes the following

Recruits

This program is undertaken over a three year period. Firefighters are promoted to the Rank of Qualified Firefighter (Continuation Training) as follows:

  • Level 1 Firefighter (completion of recruits)
  • Level 2 Firefighter (completion of one year service)
  • Level 3 Firefighter (completion of two years service)
  • Qualified Firefighter (completion of three year service)


Leading firefighter

A flexible delivery approach encompassing a mixture of block release to be conducted at the training college and some self paced study supported by qualified workplace trainers and assessors. The training process will be managed by the Training and Education department.

Station officer

A full time 14 week training program delivered entirely off shift. Admission onto the course is by application and selection process.

Senior station officer

A full time 13 week training program delivered entirely off shift. Admission onto the course is by application and selection process

Commander

A training program with a full time component to be undertaken at an agreed MFB training venue.

In the delivery of all promotional and specialist courses, training should be delivered and assessed by appropriately qualified Training and Education staff at the training complex and other venues that provide necessary equipment and resources.

Finally, skills should be acquired at a point where the individual then has the opportunity to apply them on the job. Individuals should not be encouraged to acquire skills they will be unable to use for up to several years. In such situations, lack of opportunity to apply skills on a regular basis may, over time, result in the inability to practically apply those skills.

Recognition of prior learning can only be applied for once the person has been selected for the training or course. The MFB may, as an RTO, recognise qualifications obtained elsewhere, but due to the inherent dangers of firefighting and to ensure compliance with OH and S  there may still be a requirement for applicants to complete the training or course in line with MFB specific requirements due to different equipment, policy, operational procedures and guidelines.

 

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