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Applications opening for CFA (Country Fire Authority)

CFA (Country Fire Authority) Applications

CFA (Country Fire Authority) are looking for candidates to join Victoria’s fire and rescue services. Applications open on Friday 8th February 2019 at midday.

They will be accepting 3600 applications, however they expect places to fill very quickly and encourage anyone that is interested in applying to submit an application as soon as recruitment opens.

Applications will only be accepted via the Recruit Applications Form on the CFA Website –

All candidates will be required to complete the following questions to apply for the 2019 firefighter selection process:

  1. First name
  2. Surname
  3. Email address
  4. Phone number
  5. Gender
  6. Postcode
  7. Centrelink Health Care Card CRN (if eligible)
  8. Centrelink Health Care Card expiry date (if eligible)
  9. Did you undertake and successfully pass the ACER Written Selection Test on 4 March 2018? (Y/N)

You can only submit one application per person. Any individual who submits more than one application will be disqualified.

To make the application process more straightforward there have been several changes to the process. These include:

Less information required to apply
No requirement for a resume or driver’s licence to be uploaded at the application stage
No requirement to nominate a preferred agency at the initial application stage


  1. You must be an Australian citizen, permanent resident or a New Zealand citizen who has entered Australia on a valid passport.
  2. You must have held your driver’s licence for two years by the 1 June 2019 (this does not include a learner’s permit). Green probationary licences are acceptable.
  3. Applicants who have incurred eight or more driving demerit points at the time of their application and at any stage up to an offer of employment will be disqualified.
  4. You must comply with the criminal history and driver history policies. Please refer to these policies to check your eligibility.
  5. All applicants need to undergo a National Police Record Check.
  6. Medical clearance: All applicants are required to obtain a medical clearance from their doctor prior to undertaking the physical assessment components of the selection process. Prior to all job offers, a thorough pre-employment medical is conducted by the Brigade Medical Officer.
  7. Once applicants receive an offer of employment they will be required to obtain a Heavy Rigid licence. Further details will be provided with your offer of employment.
  8. CFA applicants must be prepared to be stationed at any of CFA’s integrated stations on completion of the recruit course. Although your preferences are taken into consideration, CFA ultimately makes placement decisions based on operational need.
  9. The full recruitment process can be viewed on the CFA website –

    Fitness Requirement – Shuttle Run / Beep Test

    The shuttle run / beep test, also known as the multi-stage fitness test, 20m shuttle run or bleep test has always been one of the harder test that potential recruits struggle with when applying to join the Fire brigade. Over the years we have trained a huge number of clients who were wanting to join one of the Emergency Services (Police, Fire Brigade, ADF) and each and every client has had the same question.

    How Do I Improve My Beep Test!

    MFBF / CFA Fire Fighter Multi-Stage Fitness Test

    Current Standard: Level 9.06 – 78 shuttles and is 1560m and 9 minutes and 02 seconds of running.

    So what is the Beep Test?

    The beep test is used to estimate your maximum oxygen uptake better known as VO2Max. The test involves running continuously between two points that are 20 metres apart and you must time your running speed to match a pre-recorded audio tape, CD or laptop which plays beeps at set intervals. As the beep test proceeds, the interval between each successive beep reduces, forcing the runner to increase their speed between the shuttles, until it is impossible to keep in sync with the recording. The test finishes when participants either becomes too tired and stops running or they record two consecutive misses at reaching the lines in time for the beep.

    Are you planning on putting in an application? We would love to hear your thoughts below?

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