Airservices is Australia's air navigation service provider - we provide air traffic control, aviation rescue and fire fighting and air navigation services.

Frequently asked questions

How many vacancies are there for each of the stations you are recruiting for?

As operational requirements fluctuate throughout the course of the recruitment process, the numbers of vacancies at each station may change so we are not able to confirm this information. We would also like to encourage applicants to think carefully about the station they apply for, as it is a requirement for successful applicants to live in that location for a minimum of five (5) years before becoming eligible to apply for a transfer.

Is a Fly In, Fly Out (FIFO) arrangement possible from any of the locations advertised?

No. All locations we advertise for require local staff as part of the role of an Aviation Rescue Fire Fighter is to be on-call at times. We do not recruit for our FIFO stations.

If you do not live in the location you apply for, you will need to move to that location at your own expense if you are successful.

Will I be required to work at heights?

Aviation rescue fire fighters respond to a range of properties including high rise and medium density buildings, airports, major industrial complexes and residential buildings.

You will undergo formal training to work at heights and use ladders which may be up to 24 metres. While working at these heights you are fully harnessed and wearing full Personal Protective Equipment.

Tell me about working in extreme heat

Your training will include drills to prepare you for an emergency situation where you are required to fight a fire temperature that may reach as high as 200 degree Celsius. At all times you will be wearing Personal Protective Equipment, however, you will need to feel comfortable remaining in this heat for minutes at a time whilst extinguishing the fire.

Explain working in confined spaces

At times you may need to crawl through confined spaces that may only be the width of a person. This can include planes, tunnels, cars, etc. Therefore it is important to assess whether you are confident when working in this type of condition. 

Is wearing personal protective equipment mandatory?


Overalls, jacket and helmet

Aviation rescue fire fighters are required to wear turn-out clothing to an emergency response or during training for this; both the jackets and trousers (overalls) weigh approximately 1.5kgs each, as does the helmet which does up underneath your chin.

In total you will be wearing 4.5kgs of clothing. Our turn-out gear is state of the art with a breathable liner making it quite comfortable and cooler, however in potentially 200 degrees of heat you will still be hot!

Face masks

When attending to an emergency situation (or training simulation) where you may be required to fight a fire, you will be wearing a face mask that completely covers your face and is firm around the edges of the face.  This could be for approximately half an hour at a time.

Aviation rescue fire fighters describe this feeling similar to wearing a snorkel or scuba diving mask but this mask covers your full face, not just your eye area.

Breathing apparatus

Breathing apparatus consists of a cylinder, mouth piece and harness. The cylinder sits on your back similar to a backpack and the harness consists of shoulder straps and waist straps. The set weighs approximately 12kgs and you would wear this in conjunction with a face mask and other Personal Protective Equipment. It can feel the same as wearing a scuba diving oxygen tank on your back.

What are the additional requirements if I apply for a water rescue station?

Several of our coastal locations require aviation rescue fire fighters to assist in search and rescue in open water, assisting local authorities with locating and rescuing missing boats and/or people and helping them to the safety of the water vessel.

The stations that perform water rescue are:

If you are applying for a position with one of these stations, you will be required to demonstrate a competent level of swimming ability before your commencement with Airservices.

If you are applying for a position with one of these stations, you will be required to demonstrate a competent level of swimming ability before your commencement with Airservices.

Candidates who possess the following will not be required to undertake a water competency assessment:

  • Bronze Medallion: Pool Lifeguard Award
  • Bronze Star: Pool Lifeguard Licence
  • Bronze Cross: Other – please describe on your application form.
  • Pool Lifeguard Award
  • Pool Lifeguard License

If you hold a water competency outside of those listed above,please describe on your application form.

If you do not possess any of the above certifications, you will be required to pass a water competency assessment during the selection process in order for us to progress your application.

Assessed by a qualified lifeguard, you will need to successfully complete the following:

  • swim 50m in any stroke unaided
  • tread water for two (2) minutes unaided without stopping.

Please ensure you can meet this standard before applying for a role at a water rescue station.

PLEASE NOTE: You will be provided with the necessary documents and instructions to obtain a water competency assessment in the event you are invited to attend a Physical Assessment.There is no need to undertake a water competency assessment before that stage.

Is the shuttle run/beep test a requirement of the physical assessment?

The new physical aptitude test does not include the shuttle run/beep test. Make sure you familiarise yourself with the test by reading the physical aptitude test guide and watching the demonstration video.

What are the medical requirements for eyesight?

For safety reasons, contact lenses or standard prescription glasses are not permitted during emergency responses or training simulations. Airservices will order specially made prescription glasses for you to wear whilst you complete any training and any emergency responses requiring you to wear a face mask.

What happens if I am colour blind?

Due to CASA regulations, if you are colour-blind to a certain standard, this WILL preclude you from working as an aviation rescue fire fighter with Airservices. The final stage of the selection process is to undertake a medical based on the CASA Class II (2) medical examination including two colour vision tests:

  1. Twenty four (24) plate Ishihara pseudo-isochromatic plates shown in random order – you must not make more than two (2) mistakes. If you do you will need to sit the second test.
  2. Colour vision-testing with the Farnsworth colour-perception lantern – you must not make more than two (2) mistakes.

If you make more than two (2) mistakes on the Farnsworth colour vision test we cannot offer you employment as an aviation rescue fire fighter. We do NOT offer practical colour vision tests.

Who conducts the CASA Class II (2) Medical Assessment?

All pre-employment medicals for the position of Aviation Rescue Fire Fighters are conducted by Designated Aviation Medical Examiners (DAME) certified by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority. The testing is based on the CASA Class II (2) medical exam for the role of Aviation Rescue Fire Fighter.

Airservices are unable to offer applicants medical advice in relation to this testing. If you have any questions about colour blindness or any other medical questions in relation to the undertaking of a medical based on the CASA Class II (2) Medical, please visit

You are able to look up a DAME in your area from this website. However, please note that advice over the phone may not be as accurate as a formal assessment. You ultimately need to be assessed in person by a DAME, in the event you are successful in obtaining a position.  The DAME will provide a final assessment of Pass or Does Not Pass. All offers of employment are conditional on passing this assessment.

What if I can’t get my Senior First Aid (Apply First Aid) certificate before the application is due?

You may still apply, however it is essential that you obtain the certificate prior to attending the assessment centre.  If you have booked into a course, we will request this information from you throughout the process at two points, you do not need to contact us about this yet.

What kind of drivers licence do I need?

Airservices requires you to hold a current manual drivers licence and/or the ability to gain a Heavy Rigid (HR) license. Our fire trucks are the ultra-large fire vehicle Mk7 and Mk8 which requires the driver to possess a HR license.

Please see below for the entry requirements of your state. You must meet these requirements in order to apply.

  • ACT, VIC, QLD, WA, SA, NT: You must have held a Class C license for a minimum of 24 months. This can be either a full license or P Plates. This does not include L Plates.
  • TAS: You must have held a class C licence for 2 years (not P Plates or L Plates). You must also be at least 20 years of age.
  • NSW: You must currently hold your P2 licence.

I have misplaced my Year 12 or Year 10 certificate. What do I do?

Contact your state board of education or the school you attended. Sometimes they can provide you a letter or email (something in writing) stating where you attended school and what grade you successfully completed. This is enough to show us what grade you successful completed.

I don’t have my Year 12 certificate but have completed a higher qualification. Will you accept this instead?

Yes. A Year 12 Certificate is a minimum requirement. We will accept a Diploma, Bachelor degree or any higher qualification in its place. You may upload this certificate/statement of attainment in the field which requests your Year 12 Certificate.

Certificate IV level or below also requires proof that you completed Year 10.

Do recruits work on weekends?

Yes, you may be required to work nights and weekends as required while attending the 11 week recruit course and whilst completing 24 hours, 7 day shift work at the fire station.

Can I get feedback throughout the recruitment process?

At each stage of the process, we will advise you of the outcome via email. Due to the volume of applications, verbal feedback sessions are only available to applicants from the Physical Assessment stage onwards. We will provide you with contact details and instructions on how to obtain feedback when the time comes.

What is the ARFF rank structure?

Please refer to the Aviation Rescue and Fire Fighting Enterprise Agreement for a detailed outline of the rank structure.

How often do you advertise?

Intakes for each Recruit Course is determined by operational requirements within ARFF. In general recruitment for new recruits takes place around once per year.

Who do I contact for any further information?