Have you ever thought about being a firefighter?
Fire & Rescue NSW is looking for fit, healthy, intelligent and community-minded women and men to join its ranks. Could fighting fire be your other career?
The positions are open to all Australian and New Zealand citizens or permanent residents of Australia, both men and women, who would make excellent firefighters but may not have necessarily considered it seriously.
Similar to your role as a fitness professional, being a firefighter provides you with the opportunity to make a real and ongoing difference to the lives of people in your community.
And if you have no plans to leave the fitness industry, no worries. Successful applicants have the opportunity to make firefighting their new future while still retaining their other job, due to the shift-work nature of firefighting roles.
A role with Fire & Rescue NSW entails a range of different functions including fire response and investigation, but also community engagement, rescue, hazardous materials response, and counter-terrorism and assisting other emergency services such as Ambulance.
Are you Fire Fit? Check out the training program
Firefighting is a physically demanding occupation. Tasks include carrying heavy loads including personal protective equipment, handling temperature extremes, variable terrains and confined spaces, all of which impose unique physical and physiological demands upon firefighters.
The FireFit Training Guide is based on an eight to 12-week program, depending on each individual’s fitness level, and is available to help eligible candidates prepare for the Fire & Rescue NSW Physical Aptitude Test (PAT)*.
The PAT is an assessment of the inherent requirements of firefighting and has been designed specifically to identify and recruit individuals who are physiologically capable of tolerating the work-related demands of firefighting.
To successfully complete the PAT, an eligible candidate’s preparation will require regular cardiovascular and resistance training with a program targeted at the specific functional movements associated with firefighting. Check out this FireFit Training Guide for further advice and a recommended weekly training program created by exercise physiologists.
Anyone interested in applying for the positions is encouraged to apply. Firefighters help anyone, anywhere, anytime- responding to any emergency necessary and always putting life first.
If you are looking for a unique challenge, firefighting could be the perfect ‘other’ career to complement your life in fitness.
Applications for the 2017/2018 recruitment campaign close TOMORROW, 15 November 2017, so if you think you have what it takes, CLICK HERE to apply.