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Career Trainee Recruitment


Our recruiting round for career firefighters for this year is now closed. The next recruitment round is likely to be early 2008. That round will be for filling vacancies on a recruits course from July 2008. Please DO NOT forward your application until the next round is open since you may have additional information to include by then.

Prior to our recruitment rounds we run recruitment Practice days in Auckland , Rotorua, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin where you can test yourself against our physical fitness tests for free. These days are not formally assessed and our staff will be on hand to provide guidance as to where improvement can be made. For more detail on Practice days click here for more detail

Demonstrations of the Physical tests that will be undertaken by prospective candidates can now be viewed online. Click here.

When we are recruiting you may complete an online application or download an application from our website. For other enquiries about a career as a firefighter please phone 0800 347 373 or email us at recruiting@fire.org.nz

Please note the 0800 number is for career firefighter enquiries only. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer firefighter click here.

Note: Applications can only proceed from New Zealand or Australian citizens, or applicants who have permanent New Zealand residency. Job offers will not be made to individuals to assist them to gain this status.

General Information (125kb PDF) - Information on recruitment as a Trainee Firefighter with the New Zealand Fire Service, including selection criteria and basic terms of employment.
General Recruitment Enquiries - E-mail link to National Recruitment Manager
Women's Enquiries - E-mail link to obtain information on issues pertaining to women trainees
Maori Enquiries - E-mail link to obtain information on issues pertaining to Maori trainees
Pacific Island Enquiries
- E-mail link to obtain information on issues pertaining to Pacific Island trainees
Recruit Info Brochure
- The current NZFS recruit Information brochure (524kb PDF)
Medical Guidelines - AFAC Guidelines for Health and Fitness Monitoring of Australasian Fire and Emergency Service Workers (1MB PDF)
Physical Testing and Training Information - This six week training program will help you prepare for the demands of the Physical Pre-entry Test. Make sure that you have had a medical clearance from your physician before you begin this training program
Cognitive Test Examples - These are EXAMPLES ONLY (courtesy of West Australian Police) of the cognitive tests. The actual tests, which will take approximately an hour and a half to complete collectively, do get progressively more difficult. To view the sample answers (once you have completed the questions) click here.

NB: You will need Adobe Acrobat reader to view and print some of these documents.

The New Zealand Fire Service is an equal opportunities employer. We welcome applications from all aspects of the community we serve.