Airservices seeking aviation fire fighters

12 Aug 2013

Airservices is offering an opportunity for men and women to join its national elite Aviation Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF) service.

Airservices Executive General Manager ARFF, Michelle Bennetts said that the service responds to a diverse range of incidents ranging from medical emergencies, to aircraft and airport building fires.

“Anyone with the required level of fitness and a commitment to ongoing skills development and training can pursue a career as an aviation fire fighter, no matter what their background,” Ms Bennetts said.

“It’s a challenging and demanding career, but one with big opportunities and the chance to work at our fire stations around Australia.

“Recently we opened our state-of-the-art Hot Fire Training Ground in Melbourne which will consolidate our ARFF training and will also equip our fire fighters with the competencies required to deal with large, complex airframes such as the A380.

Airservices operates one of the most highly trained, professional aviation fire and rescue services in the world.

Aviation fire fighters operate the largest fire fighting vehicles in Australia—ultra-large high visibility Rosenbauer Mk8 fire vehicles which can discharge almost 9000 litres of water within two minutes of arrival at an emergency.

Successful applicants undertake a rigorous 11-week recruit course in Melbourne, receiving a nationally recognised qualification, through the Airservices Learning Academy. On completion of their initial training, graduates are awarded a Certificate II in Public Safety Fire Fighting and Emergency Operations. They will then join more than 700 fire fighters based at 22 of Australia’s airports.

“On average, Airservices aviation fire fighters respond to over 7000 emergency calls each year at Australia’s busiest regional, domestic and international airports. More than 20 lives have been saved by aviation fire fighters over the past two years.”

Airservices is an equal opportunity employer and actively encourages women and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders to apply.

To apply, visit Applications close 11.00 pm AEST 1 September 2013.