Project Firefighters

Project Firefighters complement our permanent firefighting staff and are responsible for bushfire suppression and prevention activities including planned burning. Many project firefighters return from previous years, bringing with them valuable skills and experience. All firefighters are trained comprehensively before being involved in fire operations.

Positions are available each year (generally between November and April) and include:

  • firefighter (includes designated Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people positions)
  • rappel crews (specialist firefighting roles performed in remote locations)
  • fire support officers (predominantly administrative roles).

For more information and to apply, visit the Project Firefighter microsite.

General enquiries: 136 186

Project Firefighter brochure

Designated Aboriginal Position Project Firefighter brochure

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Applications for the 2024-25 fire season are now open and close on Sunday 28 July.

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Forest Fire Operations Officers

Forest and Fire Operations Officers (FFOO) are field staff who deliver forest management activities in Victoria's state forests and undertake fire management and firefighting activities in Victoria's national parks, state forests and protected public land.

Team members operate within work centres and are responsible for implementing a wide range of operational tasks and fire prevention activities. There is a strong focus on emergency response and may involve deployment across the state for both emergency response and planned burning activities.

Vacancies, when available, are advertised on Careers.Vic

General enquiries: 136 186

Candidate Guide (PDF, 215.9 KB)

Fit for Emergency Medical Assessment (Project Firefighter and Forest and Fire Operations Officer)

Firefighting roles are physically and psychologically demanding.

Forest Firefighter Field staff must meet our highest medical standards:

  • Category A Firefighter – Rappel
  • Category B Firefighter – Arduous

If you are considering applying for either a Forest and Fire Operations Officer or a Project Firefighter position, and would like to discuss your health or medical suitability for a role, please contact our medical provider:

Corporate Health Management(CHM)

Telephone: 03 8584 1900


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Medical and fitness assessment

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Page last updated: 11/07/24