How to Join
The recruitment process consists of 6 stages. Each stage is designed to assess applicants’ suitability to undertake both the academic content of the recruit firefighter curriculum, and deal with the subsequent demands of the job.
The below stages are a guide only and can vary slightly without notice.
Initial applications are to be made by completing and submitting our online application and supporting documentation.
You will need to include a:
- criminal history check form
- one page covering letter
- Curriculum Vitae (CV) with all the necessary supporting documentation, e.g. drivers licence, first aid certificate and other qualifications.
If you do not attach all of the required documentation, your application may not be progressed.
These forms must be completed with full disclosure and honesty. Applications open on 31 July 2017 and close on 8 September 2017.
After successful completion of the application form, applicants will be sent an acknowledgement letter which will include an invitation to attend the Written Assessment Centre. The Written Assessment will take place on 30 September 2017 and 1 October 2017.
This assessment will take approximately four to five hours to complete, and includes:
- Reading, numeracy and writing tests
- Psychometric and aptitude tests
- Hand written essay
The Written Assessment is conducted in a very controlled setting. Only applicants and NTFRS personnel instructing and overseeing are present at the time of testing.
If an applicant does not meet the academic or characteristic requirements they will be duly notified. Unsuccessful applicants are encouraged to re-apply after 12 months from the date of the Written Assessment.
For Interstate Applicants:
There may be an opportunity to sit the Written Assessment online, which will be confirmed after appraisal of your initial application.
Successful applicants of Stage 3 will progress to a Panel Interview conducted in Alice Springs and Darwin. The interview will assess your:
- Personal suitability for a firefighting career
- General attitudes, beliefs and values
- Thought processes and problem-solving skills
- Communication and interpersonal skills
- Knowledge of the NTFRS
The interview will last approximately one hour and all panel members will ask questions throughout the interview. You are not expected to have an in-depth knowledge of NTFRS training, policy and procedures, though questions will refer to knowledge of the Northern Territory and NTFRS to enable an assessment of your thoughts and reasoning processes.
Applicants should consider their presentation before the selection panel. Nominated referees will also be contacted at this stage with due care taken to establish the credibility of the referees and to ensure confidentiality of information provided.
Applicants will be informed shortly after interviews whether they are required to attend a medical assessment.
Prior to selection into the NTFRS applicants must be certified ‘medically fit’ through examination by an approved medical practitioner in accordance with the AFAC Medical Guidelines. Full disclosure must be provided, with supporting medical documentation, about any previous or current medial conditions and/or injuries.
Applicants who successfully complete Stage 4 will be invited to attend the Physical Fitness Assessment held in Darwin. This invitation will include a pre-test medical form that must be completed and signed by a medical practitioner in order to complete the physical assessment. If you do not provide the completed medical form you will be unable to undertake the Physical Fitness Assessment.
Interstate applicants are able to nominate which centre they wish to attend.
The Physical Fitness Assessment is designed to assess your levels of strength, cardiovascular endurance and job-orientated assessments. For an outline of the included activities read page 21-22 of our Recruit Firefighter Application Pack.
Applicants are encouraged to consider commencing an appropriate physical regime in preparation for the physical assessment.
If you are deemed suitable during the Panel Interview, have been declared medically fit, and return satisfactory background and criminal history checks you will be considered for appointment. If applicants are unsuccessful at any stage they will be promptly notified.
To apply for the NTFRS you will need to submit an application through the Employment Opportunities Online Website by clicking the “Apply Now” button at the top of this page.
Applicants for the NTFRS are required to display high standards of integrity, professionalism and maturity.