Firefighters control and put out fires minimising the risk to life, community safety and property.

Where fire and emergency workers are employed

The South Australian Metropolitan Fire Service (MFS) is the main employer of firefighters. The MFS also employs part-time firefighters in regional centres.

As the Metropolitan Fire Service recruits on a strictly needs basis you should check their website for more information about application dates. Available positions are competitive.  


Full-time firefighters in South Australia generally earn between $1,250 and $1,600 or more per week.

Pay scale Firefighter

Job prospects

In 2011 there were 730 people employed full-time as firefighters in South Australia compared with 629 in 2006.

How to become one

You can work as a firefighter without formal qualifications but employers usually require year 10. You will receive training on-the-job and through in-house training courses.

Applicants to the MFS must attend an interview and undertake a literacy and numeracy exam, a physical aptitude test, a personality test, a National Police Check and a medical examination.

Recruits undertake a 14-week induction which involves classroom and practical training and are subject to regular assessment during this time. Recruits who meet all the required competencies and standards at the completion of the six month probationary period will be appointed permanently.

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