Have you got what it takes?

A QFES Station Officer leads by example, managing their station's operational team and assignments and ensuring that the coordinated response is delivered in accordance with QFES policies, procedures and guidelines. They also undertake managerial, administrative and staff development roles, and are responsible for the development of a cohesive team and the promotion of a positive working environment, respectful of the views of others.

As a QFES Station Officer, you must have the demonstrated ability to:

  • Take command of emergency incidents
  • Provide and maintain effective operations management standards through the use of incident management systems
  • Manage financial responsibilities at station level and effectively manage the use and maintenance of station resources and facilities
  • Develop operational plans at station level, including the planning and delivery of fire prevention and community safety activities
  • Manage station human resource functions, including monitoring staff performance and facilitate training and staff development
  • Effectively communicate, negotiate and consult within the workplace
  • Have the ability to understand and apply QFES legislation policies and procedures including the Code of Conduct for the Queensland Public Service, the principles and practices of employment equity, ethical decision-making, conflict resolution and workplace health and safety


  • Australian citizenship or Permanent residency
  • Manual Medium Rigid (MR) driver's licence or equivalent as recognised by Queensland Transport
  • Current Apply First Aid Certificate
  • Current Apply Advanced Resuscitation Certificate

External applicants must provide evidence of current employment or previous experience in a Station Officer role (or equivalent) with their written application, in accordance with Standing Order SO-Q-BM-3,21:

Internal applicants must have successfully completed the current QFES Urban Station Officer Training Program, and must produce a transcript of training completed or a certificate of completion.

To obtain a copy of Standing Order SO-Q-BM-3.27 Employment of Station Officers from External Fire Agencies external applicants should contact the person listed in the 'Want more information?' section of the role description.

The selection process

QFES Station Officer roles attract a high number of internal and external applicants, and the selection process is highly competitive.

  1. Submit application for advertised role

  2. QFES reviews applications

  3. Interview Process

    If you are shortlisted, you will be invited to a formal interview with QFES.

  4. Complete any required assessments

    These may include aptitude, critical thinking, medical and psychological assessments.

  5. Complete any required checks

    These may include integrity, reference and criminal history checks.

  6. EXTERNAL APPLICANTS – Submit External Qualification Assessment (EQA) to the School of Fire and Emergency Services (SFEST)

If you are successful

If you are successful in your application, you will be invited to attend relevant QFES training modules before commencing your employment. You will also be required to complete your Personal Development Plan (PDP) within 24 months of commencing with QFES.

After training, you will be allocated to a Station Officer role at the discretion of the delegated authority. You may be re-allocated to an alternative Station Officer role at the same work location depending on operational demands.

Pay Rates – as of 1st July 2017

Classification Old base rate Inc. 2.2% Weekend Shift Night Shift 38 Hour Week Allowance Total Per Fortnight
Classification Station Officer 1 PP1
Old base rate $2,725.31
Inc.2.2% $2,793.44
Weekend Shift $598.63
Night Shift $180.18
38 Hour Week Allowance $188.01
Total $3,760.27
Classification Station Officer 1 PP2
Old base rate $2,752.56
Inc.2.2% $2,821.37
Weekend Shift $604.62
Night Shift $181.98
38 Hour Week Allowance $189.89
Total $3,797.87

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