Airservices seeking aviation fire fighters

27 Sep 2012

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

Airservices acting Executive General Manager ARFF, Michelle Bennetts said that we are looking for a diverse range of applicants to meet the challenges of an ageing workforce with an estimated quarter of the current fire fighters likely to retire over the next five years.

“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.

“It’s a challenging and demanding career, but one with big opportunities and the chance to work at our fire stations around Australia,” she said. “In particular, we are looking for applicants from Alice Springs, Darwin, Cairns, Mackay, Perth, Broome, Adelaide and Sydney.”

Successful applicants undertake a rigorous 11-week training regime in Melbourne and then join more than 740 fire fighters based at 21 of Australia’s busiest airports. At the completion of the training they will be awarded a Certificate II in public Safety, (Fire Fighting and Emergency Operations).

“Airservices has one of the largest, most highly trained, professional aviation fire and rescue services in the world. They operate the largest fire fighting vehicles in Australia – ultra-large high visibility Rosenbauer Mk8 fire vehicles which can discharge almost 9,000 litres of water within two minutes of arrival at an emergency, “Mrs Bennetts said.

“The service responds to a diverse range of incidents ranging from medical emergencies, to aircraft and airport building fires.

“On average, Airservices ARFF responds to 150 emergency calls each week at Australia’s 21 busiest regional, domestic and international airports. More than 20 lives have been saved by aviation fire fighters over the past two years,” she said.

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

To apply, visit Applications close 13 October 2012.