Firefighter recruitment call for people from all walks of life

The call has gone out encouraging men and women with diverse skills and experience from all walks of life to consider a career as a firefighter.

Call for firefighters: Springwood Station officer Kevin O'Reilly says Fire and Rescue NSW is looking for “people with an inherent want to assist others".

Call for firefighters: Springwood Station officer Kevin O'Reilly says Fire and Rescue NSW is looking for “people with an inherent want to assist others".

Fire and Rescue NSW is looking for permanent firefighters, for a job that is about a lot more than just fighting fires.

Today the job involves community education about fire prevention, attending road crash rescues, and hazardous material incidents and severe weather-related events including storms and bushfires. Sometimes they’re rescuing animals, especially cats, that have gotten stuck in challenging spaces.

Springwood Station officer Kevin O’Reilly has been a firefighter for 22 years, drawn to the job after working as a shopfitter, printer, and within the building trade. He was in the RFS for several years before joining FRNSW.

He says they’re looking for “people with an inherent want to assist others – an inherent drive to want to help.”

“We have a diverse workforce that can work collaboratively to achieve a goal under difficult circumstances,” Mr O’Reilly said.

“The job is so dynamically dangerous we have massive safety procedures that do reduce risk in a high-risk environment.”

FRNSW Commissioner Paul Baxter said applicants will need to complete an online application and undergo a series of tests, including problem solving and a physical aptitude test.

“We are looking for fit, passionate and resilient individuals with well-developed interpersonal skills and the capacity to undertake a range of different functions, including fire response and investigation, community engagement, rescue and hazardous materials response,” he said.

Applications close on November 19. For more information visit: www.fire.nsw.gov.au/recruitment.

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