FIRE and Rescue NSW (FRNSW) launched its 2019 recruitment campaign, encouraging men and women from throughout the Upper Hunter - with diverse skills and experience - to pursue a career as a firefighter.
FRNSW Commissioner Paul Baxter announced this year's initiative during a graduation ceremony for 16 new firefighters at the new FRNSW Emergency Services Academy in Orchard Hills.
He said the campaign, which normally attracts more than 6000 applications every 12 months, is targeting applicants from a diverse range of backgrounds.
"We are looking for people who reflect the professionalism, dedication and values of Fire and Rescue NSW, including people who may have never considered becoming a firefighter," he explained.
"Our newest class of graduates - which includes a former interior designer, a professional lifeguard, a physiotherapist, a commercial diver, a youth worker and a builder - demonstrates that great firefighters come from all types of backgrounds.
"I hope their success inspires others to apply for a diverse, challenging and rewarding career as a firefighter."
Commissioner Baxter said applicants will need to complete an online application and undergo a series of tests, including problem solving and a Physical Aptitude Test.
"Successful applicants will be trained to be prepared for anything, as our firefighters do so much more than fight fires," he added.
"We are looking for fit, passionate and resilient individuals with well-developed interpersonal skills and the capacity to undertake the many different roles of a modern firefighter, including fire response and investigation, community engagement, rescue and hazardous materials response."
Candidates who are offered a place in the recruitment intake will undergo training at the state-of-the-art FRNSW Emergency Services Academy.
Applications are now open and close on August 4.
To learn more and to apply, visit www.fire.nsw.gov.au/recruitment