Seasonal firefighters

While the role is a fire response role, a range of field based Civil and Natural Resource Management jobs are undertaken from day to day.

Group pf firefighters standing in front of a fire truck

You are expected to work safely and as part of a team to complete these day to day works. The season generally runs from November through till March, with advertising starting in August.

Where are our firefighters based?

We have depots in:

  • Healesville
  • Warburton
  • Thomson

What do I need to do to become a Melbourne Water firefighter?

These positions would suit men and women who are sound decision makers, community minded and looking for a unique challenge. All preferred applications are required to undergo

  • national police record check
  • phone and face to face interviews
  • psychometric testing
  • medical test
  • fitness test.

Applicants that successfully complete these will then proceed to General fire fighting training.

The hours of work needed to control fires are unpredictable. As a firefighter you must be prepared to be available for standby for an immediate return to work during the employment period. A maximum 20 minute response time is required, 30 mins for Thomson.

What does the fitness test include?

This is a task based assessment that simulates field work, carrying up to 20 kilograms over a distance of 4.83 kms in under 45 minutes.

What else?

A general firefighter needs to be prepared to:

  • work as part of a team
  • work in a wide range of outdoor, potentially stressful, environments for extended periods (including overnight)
  • perform a variety of physical tasks including using hand tools, power tools and lifting and carrying equipment
  • work in environments where you may be exposed to heat, smoke, dust, chemicals, high levels of noise, limited visibility and limited mobility
  • wear personal protective equipment provided
  • travel in/operate vehicles and machinery in a variety of terrains, day or night for extended period and sometimes travel in aircraft
  • travel to other parts of Victoria and interstate and work and camp in remote locations for extended periods
  • use senses (sight, sound, touch) to help make decisions
  • maintain personal safety as well as the safety of those around you.

Fitness and how to increase your fitness

Check with your doctor before starting any new fitness training program or dramatically increasing the one you are involved in if you:

  • are over 40 years of age
  • have experienced faintness, light-headedness or blackouts
  • have experienced unusual heartbeats such as skipped beats or palpitations
  • have ever been told that your blood pressure is abnormal
  • have high cholesterol
  • have ever had heart troubles or a heart attack
  • have a family history of heart problems
  • have any major illnesses.

Make sure that any program that you undertake has warm up, conditioning and cool down phases.

  • Never exercise if you’re feeling unwell or in pain
  • Stop any exercise that causes pain immediately and see a doctor
  • Keep a record of what you have achieved with goals set along the way.

Also always check your heart rate while you are exercising. As a guide, in training your heart rate should be around 75 per cent of the maximum, which can be calculated by (220 – age) x .75 = training heart rate.

The recommended minimum number and length of training sessions are:

  • 30 minutes, two to three per week to maintain fitness
  • 30 minutes, four per week to increase fitness

Applying to be a Melbourne Water firefighter

We advertise for seasonal firefighters from August through to September.

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