City calls for seasonal firefighters

Applications are open for the 120 seasonal firefighter positions within the City’s Fire and Rescue Service.

The City’s Fire and Rescue Service is calling for seasonal firefighters to beef up its defence against vegetation fires.

Applications are open for 120 seasonal positions to work alongside permanent staff from November to April.

Seasonal firefighters are expected to work at least 40 hours a week. Their key tasks include firefighting duties under the guidance and supervision of firefighters and officers, preparing for emergency incidents, and creating fire breaks along the urban edge.

The programme is essential to increasing resources and minimising the risk to lives and property, particularly where vegetation and mountain fires threaten the urban edge, according to a City statement.

“The Fire and Rescue Service responded to 8 202 vegetation fires from November 2021 till April 2022. Our seasonal recruits are critical to our efforts to protect lives and property during this busy period,” said mayoral committee member for safety and security JP Smith.

“The seasonal firefighters not only increase and strengthen our firefighting capabilities but also provide skills and opportunity to those who are successful.”

The closing date for applications is Monday September 19. Applicants must apply by creating an eServices account on the City’s website.

Shortlisted candidates will have to pass a fitness test, a written assessment and an interview.

The fitness test includes: a reach test of 1.9m, a 2.4km run within 12 minutes for men and 13 minutes for women, 30 sit-ups within a minute, 30 push-ups within a minute and a 50kg dead-load carry over 100 metres.