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Auxiliary Firefighters

Auxiliary firefighters are paid part-time firefighters located in regional communities across Queensland and at a small number of stations in the outer suburbs of the “south-east corner”.  They provide an efficient and effective service to Queensland communities in the preservation of life, property and the environment.

AuxFirefighterJust like full-time firefighters, they attend structural and environmental fires, road crashes, chemical spills and many other rescue scenarios.  They also conduct building compliance inspections and community education activities. 

Auxiliary firefighters are unique however, in that they are on-call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  Holding regular jobs within the community such as farmers, trades people, teachers, stay-at-home parents, truck drivers, nurses, factory or office workers and even accountants, they carry a pager and “down tools” when QFES receive a 000 call.

Being an auxiliary firefighter is exciting and rewarding.  Auxiliary firefighters receive world-class accredited training, enjoy the camaraderie of a close-knit team and most importantly have the opportunity to make a real and worthwhile contribution to their local community.

Auxiliary firefighters are paid an hourly rate, commencing at $19.64 per hour (effective 1 July 2008) to respond to emergencies, attend training and for other authorised duties.

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“Its great to be an auxiliary firefighter in such a professionally run station with both permanent and auxiliary staff.”

“Great team and friends.” 

“The best part of being an auxiliary is a sense of being part of a team which is different to other full time employment.  Although it is stressful at times, there is support.  When you can basically save the life of crash victim or save a house so that it can be rebuilt and the owners are safe that is a good feeling of achievement.”

“Good job, interesting people, good status in community, confidence in self, help the community - all positives.”

 “QFES offers a family/mateship environment.  You enjoy helping your mates and the community.  The skills learned are lifesaving.” 

“Firefighting is very rewarding and I enjoy the work and socialising with other members.”

 “I enjoy being part of a team and assisting new firefighters in training.”

“I love being a firefighter.  I love learning and advancing my knowledge.  Thank you to the QFES for this experience.”

Frequently Asked Questions

Who can become an auxiliary firefighter?
Auxiliary firefighters come from all walks of life and no experience is necessary.  However there are some conditions that must be met before you are eligible:

* It is highly desirable that your employer consent to releasing you at the time of an emergency incident. 

Do I need to be available 24/7?
It is acknowledged that your personal or employment responsibilities will take precedence over QFES activities however, the more available you are the more useful you will be to the station in providing a service to the community.  Where stations have the luxury of multiple applicants for vacancies, those who are able to meet the needs of the community best, will be selected.

The QFES expects all auxiliary firefighters to attend a minimum of 75% of training activities, including weekly core skills maintenance sessions, and 30-50% of emergency incidents depending on your hours of work. 

Who can my employer talk to?
Your employer is encouraged to contact the local Area Director to discuss how your contribution as an auxiliary firefighter may impact on their business.   Please ask your local fire station for applicable contact details or contact QFES Recruitment on 3635 2289 or QFES.Auxiliary@qfes.qld.gov.au.

Where are auxiliary firefighters located?
Auxiliary firefighters are integral members of the Queensland Fire and Emergency Services and are located throughout Queensland.  The majority are located at stations crewed entirely by auxiliary firefighters.  Depending on their location, auxiliary firefighters may also work together with career or rural volunteer firefighters in the provision of fire and rescue services.

Regions

 

Brisbane Region

South Eastern Region

North Coast Region

Northern Region

Region

Area

Station

Staffing Type

Northern

Ingham

Ayr

7 Day Permanent + Auxiliary

Northern

Ingham

Bowen

5 Day Permanent + Auxiliary

Northern

Ingham

Collinsville

Auxiliary

Northern

Ingham

Forrest Beach

Auxiliary

Northern

Ingham

Giru

Auxiliary

Northern

Ingham

Halifax

Auxiliary

Northern

Ingham

Home Hill

Single Officer + Auxiliary

Northern

Ingham

Ingham

7 Day Permanent + Auxiliary

Northern

Mt Isa

Boulia

Auxiliary

Northern

Mt Isa

Cloncurry

Auxiliary

Northern

Mt Isa

Hughenden

Auxiliary

Northern

Mt Isa

Julia Creek

Auxiliary

Northern

Mt Isa

Mount Isa

24/7 Permanent + Auxiliary

Northern

Mt Isa

Richmond

Auxiliary

Northern

Townsville

Charters Towers

5 Day Permanent + Auxiliary

Northern

Townsville

Magnetic Island

Auxiliary

Central Region

Region

Area

Station

Staffing Type

Central

Emerald

Blackwater

Auxiliary

Central

Emerald

Capella

Auxiliary

Central

Emerald

Clermont

Auxiliary

Central

Emerald

Emerald

Auxiliary

Central

Emerald

Middlemount

Auxiliary

Central

Emerald

Springsure

Auxiliary

Central

Emerald

Tieri

Auxiliary

Central

Gladstone

Agnes Water

Auxiliary

Central

Gladstone

Baralaba

Auxiliary

Central

Gladstone

Biloela

Auxiliary

Central

Gladstone

Boyne Island

Auxiliary

Central

Gladstone

Calliope

Auxiliary

Central

Gladstone

Gladstone

24/7 Permanent + Auxiliary

Central

Gladstone

Miriam Vale

Auxiliary

Central

Gladstone

Moura

Auxiliary

Central

Gladstone

Thangool

Auxiliary

Central

Gladstone

Theodore

Auxiliary

Central

Longreach

Alpha

Auxiliary

Central

Longreach

Aramac

Auxiliary

Central

Longreach

Barcaldine

Auxiliary

Central

Longreach

Blackall

Auxiliary

Central

Longreach

Longreach

Auxiliary

Central

Longreach

Winton

Auxiliary

Central

Mackay City

North Mackay

24/7 Permanent + Auxiliary

Central

Mackay City

Walkerston

Auxiliary

Central

Mackay Country

Airlie Beach

5 Day Permanent + Auxiliary

Central

Mackay Country

Dysart

Auxiliary

Central

Mackay Country

Glenden

Auxiliary

Central

Mackay Country

Moranbah

Auxiliary

Central

Mackay Country

Proserpine

Auxiliary

Central

Mackay Country

Sarina

Auxiliary

Central

Rockhampton

Emu Park

Single Officer + Auxiliary

Central

Rockhampton

Gracemere

Auxiliary

Central

Rockhampton

Mount Morgan

Single Officer + Auxiliary

Central

Rockhampton

Yeppoon

5 Day Permanent + Auxiliary

South Western Region

Region

Area

Station

Staffing
Type

South Western

Charleville

Augathella

Auxiliary

South Western

Charleville

Charleville

Auxiliary

South Western

Charleville

Cunnamulla

Auxiliary

South Western

Charleville

Mitchell

Auxiliary

South Western

Charleville

Morven

Auxiliary

South Western

Charleville

Mungallala

Auxiliary

South Western

Charleville

Quilpie

Auxiliary

South Western

Dalby

Cecil Plains

Auxiliary

South Western

Dalby

Chinchilla

Auxiliary

South Western

Dalby

Dalby

Auxiliary

South Western

Dalby

Jandowae

Auxiliary

South Western

Dalby

Meandarra

Auxiliary

South Western

Dalby

Miles

Auxiliary

South Western

Dalby

Tara

Auxiliary

South Western

Goondiwindi

Bollon

Auxiliary

South Western

Goondiwindi

Dirranbandi

Auxiliary

South Western

Goondiwindi

Goondiwindi

Auxiliary

South Western

Goondiwindi

Millmerran

Auxiliary

South Western

Goondiwindi

St George

Auxiliary

South Western

Goondiwindi

Texas

Auxiliary

South Western

Goondiwindi

Yelarbon

Auxiliary

South Western

Roma

Dulacca

Auxiliary

South Western

Roma

Injune

Auxiliary

South Western

Roma

Roma

Auxiliary

South Western

Roma

Surat

Auxiliary

South Western

Roma

Taroom

Auxiliary

South Western

Roma

Wallumbilla

Auxiliary

South Western

Roma

Wandoan

Auxiliary

South Western

Toowoomba

Crows Nest

Auxiliary

South Western

Toowoomba

Goombungee

Auxiliary

South Western

Toowoomba

Highfields

Auxiliary

South Western

Toowoomba

Oakey

Auxiliary

South Western

Toowoomba

Pittsworth

Auxiliary

South Western

Toowoomba

Anzac Avenue

24/7 Permanent + Auxiliary

South Western

Warwick

Allora

Auxiliary

South Western

Warwick

Clifton

Auxiliary

South Western

Warwick

Inglewood

Auxiliary

South Western

Warwick

Killarney

Auxiliary

South Western

Warwick

Stanthorpe

Auxiliary

South Western

Warwick

Wallangarra

Auxiliary

South Western

Warwick

Warwick

7 Day Permanent + Auxiliary

North Coast Region

Region

Area

Station

Staffing
Type

North Coast

Bundaberg

Bargara

Auxiliary

North Coast

Bundaberg

Biggenden

Auxiliary

North Coast

Bundaberg

Bundaberg

24/7 Permanent + Auxiliary

North Coast

Bundaberg

Burnett Heads

Auxiliary

North Coast

Bundaberg

Childers

Auxiliary

North Coast

Bundaberg

Elliott Heads

Auxiliary

North Coast

Bundaberg

Gin Gin

Auxiliary

North Coast

Bundaberg

Wallaville

Auxiliary

North Coast

Caloundra

Beerwah

Auxiliary

North Coast

Caloundra

Caloundra

24/7 Permanent + Auxiliary

North Coast

Caloundra

Imbil

Auxiliary

North Coast

Caloundra

Kawana

Auxiliary

North Coast

Caloundra

Kenilworth

Auxiliary

North Coast

Caloundra

Maleny

Auxiliary

North Coast

Caloundra

Mooloolah

Auxiliary

North Coast

Caloundra

Nambour

24/7 Permanent + Auxiliary

North Coast

Gayndah

Eidsvold

Auxiliary

North Coast

Gayndah

Gayndah

Auxiliary

North Coast

Gayndah

Goomeri

Auxiliary

North Coast

Gayndah

Kilkivan

Auxiliary

North Coast

Gayndah

Monto

Auxiliary

North Coast

Gayndah

Mundubbera

Auxiliary

North Coast

Kingaroy

Blackbutt

Auxiliary

North Coast

Kingaroy

Cherbourg

Auxiliary

North Coast

Kingaroy

Kingaroy

Single Officer + Auxiliary

North Coast

Kingaroy

Kumbia

Auxiliary

North Coast

Kingaroy

Murgon

Auxiliary

North Coast

Kingaroy

Nanango

Auxiliary

North Coast

Kingaroy

Proston

Auxiliary

North Coast

Kingaroy

Wondai

Auxiliary

North Coast

Kingaroy

Wooroolin

Auxiliary

North Coast

Kingaroy

Yarraman

Auxiliary

North Coast

Maroochydore

Buderim

Auxiliary

North Coast

Maroochydore

Coolum Beach

Auxiliary

North Coast

Maroochydore

Cooran

Auxiliary

North Coast

Maroochydore

Cooroy

Auxiliary

North Coast

Maroochydore

Noosa Heads

24/7 Permanent + Auxiliary

North Coast

Maroochydore

Pomona

Auxiliary

North Coast

Maroochydore

Tewantin

Auxiliary

North Coast

Maryborough

Gympie

24/7 Permanent + Auxiliary

North Coast

Maryborough

Maryborough

24/7 Permanent  + Auxiliary

North Coast

Maryborough

Pialba

Auxiliary

North Coast

Maryborough

Rainbow Beach

Auxiliary

North Coast

Maryborough

Tin Can Bay

Auxiliary

North Coast

Maryborough

Torquay

24/7 Permanent + Auxiliary

Brisbane Region

Region

Area

Station

Staffing
Type

Brisbane

Caboolture

Bribie Island

Single Officer + Auxiliary

Brisbane

Caboolture

Caboolture

24/7 Permanent + Auxiliary

Brisbane

Caboolture

Deception Bay

Single Officer + Auxiliary

Brisbane

Caboolture

Kilcoy

Auxiliary

Brisbane

Caboolture

Woodford

Auxiliary

Brisbane

Cleveland

Amity Point

Auxiliary

Brisbane

Cleveland

Coochiemudlo

Auxiliary

Brisbane

Cleveland

Dunwich

Auxiliary

Brisbane

Cleveland

Point Lookout

Auxiliary

Brisbane

Petrie

Dayboro

Auxiliary

South Eastern Region

Region

Area

Station

Staffing
Type

South Eastern

Beenleigh

Beaudesert

Auxiliary

South Eastern

Beenleigh

Jimboomba

Auxiliary

South Eastern

Beenleigh

Kooralbyn

Auxiliary

South Eastern

Beenleigh

Rathdowney

Auxiliary

South Eastern

Gatton

Esk

Auxiliary

South Eastern

Gatton

Forest Hill

Auxiliary

South Eastern

Gatton

Gatton

Auxiliary

South Eastern

Gatton

Helidon

Auxiliary

South Eastern

Gatton

Laidley

Auxiliary

South Eastern

Gatton

Lowood

Auxiliary

South Eastern

Gatton

Marburg

Auxiliary

South Eastern

Gatton

Rosewood

Auxiliary

South Eastern

Gatton

Toogoolawah

Auxiliary

South Eastern

Gold Coast North

Mount Tamborine

Auxiliary

South Eastern

Gold Coast South

Canungra

Auxiliary

South Eastern

Ipswich

Boonah

Auxiliary

South Eastern

Ipswich

Harrisville

Auxiliary

South Eastern

Ipswich

Kalbar

Auxiliary

Far Northern Region

Region

Area

Station

Staffing
Type

Far Northern

Cairns

Cairns South

24/7 Permanent + Auxiliary

Far Northern

Cairns

Gordonvale

Single Officer + Auxiliary

Far Northern

Cairns

Kuranda

Auxiliary

Far Northern

Cairns

Mossman

Auxiliary

Far Northern

Cairns

Port Douglas

Single Officer + Auxiliary

Far Northern

Innisfail

Babinda

Auxiliary

Far Northern

Innisfail

Bramston Beach

Auxiliary

Far Northern

Innisfail

Cardwell

Auxiliary

Far Northern

Innisfail

El Arish

Auxiliary

Far Northern

Innisfail

Innisfail

7 Day Permanent + Auxiliary

Far Northern

Innisfail

Kurrimine Beach

Auxiliary

Far Northern

Innisfail

Mission Beach

Auxiliary

Far Northern

Innisfail

Tully

Single Officer + Auxiliary

Far Northern

Mareeba

Atherton

7 Day Permanent + Auxiliary

Far Northern

Mareeba

Cooktown

Auxiliary

Far Northern

Mareeba

Dimbulah

Auxiliary

Far Northern

Mareeba

Herberton

Auxiliary

Far Northern

Mareeba

Malanda

Auxiliary

Far Northern

Mareeba

Mareeba

7 Day Permanent + Auxiliary

Far Northern

Mareeba

Millaa Millaa

Auxiliary

Far Northern

Mareeba

Ravenshoe

Auxiliary

Far Northern

Mareeba

Thursday Island

Auxiliary

Far Northern

Mareeba

Yungaburra

Auxiliary

Unfortunately if you do not live within close proximity (about 5 minutes drive) to one of these stations, you will not be eligible for employment as an auxiliary firefighter.  If you are still interested in making a contribution to your community in an emergency response environment please consider the State Emergency Service or the Rural Fire Service

What type of training will I be doing?
Your training will be both operational and non-operational in nature and will include communication, teamwork, health and safety, equipment maintenance and usage and of course hands on firefighting and rescue techniques.

Delivery strategies will vary between locations using a number of different techniques such as instructor lead classroom sessions, self paced on-line and hardcopy workbooks, one-on-one and team based scenarios, DVDs and other multi-media.

Much of your training will cross over into your other employment and personal life, enhancing career opportunities and giving you the confidence to tackle even the most daunting of tasks. 

When will I go to my first emergency incident?
It is essential that all firefighters are adequately trained and equipped prior to responding to emergency incidents.  It will be necessary for you to complete an extensive training program known as the Auxiliary Recruit Training and Education Program (ARTEP) prior to being eligible to “ride” the big red truck.

This is an in-house course, only open to QFES auxiliary firefighters, of approximately 80 hours.  Training will most likely be conducted over a series of weekends and may require you to travel to a central location to train with new recruits from other stations. 

Once you have completed the pre-operational component of this course, you will be issued with your personal protective equipment (PPE) and pager.

Do I need to be physically fit?
The job of a firefighter is demanding, diverse and can require a high degree of physical fitness, agility and dexterity.  However firefighters come in all shapes and sizes, so if you are healthy and active why not give it a go.

You will be required to undertake a medical examination as part of the selection process, in accordance with the QFES Medical Standards.  You are encouraged to discuss your personal circumstances with your doctor however we ask that you do not undertake an examination until instructed to do so by the QFES. 

Are there any age restrictions?
There are no specific age limits to becoming an auxiliary firefighter, with the exception of compulsory retirement at 65.

It is preferred that you have a manual driver’s licence when you apply and obtain an MR licence within 12 months of appointment.  Department of Transport and Main Roads require you to have held your C class licence for 12 months before you can be issued with an MR. 

How do I apply?
Auxiliary firefighters live and work within their local community.  So logically we recruit in the same manner.  Please call your local fire station or drop in when you see the engine room door up. 

What kind of experience do I need?
You don’t need any special qualifications or skills to become an auxiliary firefighter.  The QFES will provide you with all the skills, knowledge and equipment you need.

Safety is essential.  New auxiliary firefighters are required to undertake approximately 80 hours of training prior to responding to emergency incidents.  This can take some time – attending regular drill training each week and participating in other non-operational station activities will help pass the time and maintain your enthusiasm for the adventures to come.  Further training is then provided throughout your employment applicable to the risks within your local community.  All training is undertaken after hours and on weekends.  Some travel may be involved depending on your location.

Who can I talk to if I have more questions?
The officers at your local station are in the best position to answer questions in relation to being an auxiliary firefighter in your local community or contact QFES Recruitment on 3635 2289 or QFES.Auxiliary@qfes.qld.gov.au.
 
Queensland Auxiliary Firefighters Association

United Firefighters Union Queensland Branch            

Do I need to be an auxiliary firefighter before I can become a full-time firefighter?
Being an auxiliary firefighter is a great way to experience every aspect of firefighting however it is not for everyone and is not a compulsory step toward becoming a permanent firefighter.

Auxiliary firefighters receive bonus points for their application after 3 years service and are often known to the selection panel.  They must however undertake each part of the selection process and achieve a competitive result to be considered for appointment.

 

Auxiliary Facts

Effective November 2008

No. of Auxiliary Fire Stations               188
            Auxiliary                                   156
            24/7 Permanent + Auxiliary     13
            7 Day Permanent + Auxiliary  6
            5 Day Permanent + Auxiliary  4
            Single Officer + Auxiliary         9

No. of Auxiliary Firefighters                 2074
            Male                                         1881
            Female                                    193

 

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Last updated 27 November 2013