Have you got what it takes?

The role of Auxiliary Firefighter requires outstanding physical, mental and emotional strength.

In responding to an emergency, your job may require:

  • periods of intense and sustained physical activity
  • work in confined spaces and with poor visibility
  • hot and humid working environments
  • wearing of breathing apparatus and protective clothing
  • challenging situations, including dealing with casualties, both injured and deceased

To ensure successful performance within these conditions, QFES requires that Auxiliary Firefighters possess good levels of physical fitness, dexterity and mental strength, along with a powerful commitment to their role and the community.


Before you apply to become a QFES Auxiliary Firefighter, you MUST meet the following criteria

  • Manual C class driver licence held for at least 1 year OR manual medium rigid driver licence
  • Minimum of 18 years of age at the commencement of paid employment
  • Australian/New Zealand citizen or permanent residence status
  • Employer's written consent to attend incidents and emergencies (where applicable)

To be considered for a role, you must live and work within a reasonable distance to an Auxiliary Fire Station to ensure compliance with response time targets. Auxiliary stations are at different locations to Urban Fire Stations, and Auxiliary positions are limited.

Click here to find your nearest Auxiliary station.

Please contact your local QFES Auxiliary Station for information about current vacancies, applications are submitted online – See Next Steps below.

The selection process

Please note that the Auxiliary Firefighter recruitment process is currently under review. Please contact QFES Talent Acquisition for more detailed information.

  1. Submit application form

  2. Aptitude/general cognitive assessments

  3. Physical assessments

  4. Interview

  5. Medical assessment

  6. Referee reports

  7. Criminal history check

  8. Psychological assessment

  9. Offer of employment

If you are successful

Auxiliary Rates of Pay – Auxiliary Firefighters' Award – State 2016

New Base New Total
New Base Grade 1
New Total $20.60
New Base Grade 2
New Total $21.77
New Base Lieutenant
New Total $23.45
New Base Captain
New Total $25.16

Next steps

Expressions of interest now open in preparation for upcoming vacancies.

The right fit

Find the role that fits you best with the role suitability quiz