Can I be a Career Firefighter?

Fire and Emergency New Zealand

Can I be a Career Firefighter?

Fire and Emergency NZ is committed to serving and assisting New Zealand communities through the COVID-19 pandemic. We are following Government guidelines and Ministry of Health advice as the safety of candidates and personnel is our top priority.


Our recruitment team will be in touch with you to provide rescheduled PPT and PAC testing dates once it is safe to recommence these activities in your current location.

Our organisation is made up of people from many different backgrounds, experiences and interests. What unites us is that we are all working towards the same values:

  • We do the right thing, work together as a team, serve and support and always strive to improve.

We encourage applications from anyone who believes they have the qualities required of a modern Firefighter, regardless of your gender, ethnicity, culture, sexuality or faith. We’re keen to hear from you if you’re just starting out in the workforce too.


To meet the challenging and rewarding nature of the role, we’re looking for people with -

Some life experience - Life experience is important to help you cope with the wide range of emergencies you'll encounter. But remember, we also train and support you to help prepare you for this.

Mental strength - You need to be able to think clearly under pressure, to apply common sense amidst the action, be emotionally resilient, and exhibit courage when the going gets tough.

Strong morals and ethics - Firefighters need to believe that looking after one another is an essential part of life in a community.

Drive, energy and a can-do attitude - The right attitude is important. You have to be ready to focus on achievement, to rise to the challenge, and have a desire to get stuck in and get your hands dirty!

Experience as a team player - You need to be a people person, with a drive to lead, be led and have an appreciation for discipline and direction.

Effective communication skills - Communication skills are essential. You must be able to listen effectively, accurately pass information on and clearly articulate yourself.

Physical fitness - Firefighters need to be fit. That means maintaining a healthy lifestyle and being ready to keep up a good level of physical fitness and strength.


You must –

  • You must be a New Zealand citizen or have New Zealand permanent residency
  • You must be 18 years of age to apply. There’s no maximum age.

You’ll also need to –

  • Pass our police checks
  • Pass our medical checks
  • Familiarise yourself with all the steps of the Recruitment Process

Visit our Entry Requirements page for more detail.