Frequently Asked Questions

Is there an age limit to apply?

No, there is no defined age limit, but you must meet the driver's licence eligibility requirements.

What are the minimum driver's licence requirements?

At time of application, you must as a minimum hold a current and valid C Class (Car) driver's licence. A probationary or provisional driver's licence is not acceptable.

A MR driver's licence (HR at selected stations) must, be obtained at your own expense.

For further information regarding licence classes and minimum requirements please visit www.sa.gov.au.

What First Aid qualifications are required to apply?

Applicants must hold a current Senior First Aid Certificate issued by St. John (Provide First Aid HLTAID001, 002 and 003 and Provide Advanced Resuscitation HLTAID007), Red Cross or an accredited provider, or agree to obtain one within 6 months during probation (at your own expense).

Must I be a permanent Australian resident or an Australian citizen to apply?

Potential applicants must have permanent residency status in Australia.

An applicant who is not a citizen of Australia or New Zealand must produce evidence of their ability to permanently reside in Australia, for example, a certificate of Australian Residency issued by the Commonwealth Department of Immigration and Border Protection (formerly Department of Immigration and Multicultural Affairs) or a passport with this evidence.

What documents can I submit for proof of citizenship or residence?


  • Birth Certificate (if born in Australia)
  • Australian Passport
  • Certificate of Australian Citizenship
  • Certificate of Australian Residency


Are visible tattoos acceptable?

The MFS Uniform and Dress Code states that visible tattoos must not be excessive or offensive to recognised standards of decency or reflect adversely on the professional image the community expects from employees serving in the MFS. Acceptance or not would be at the discretion of the Chief Officer in accordance with the Uniform and Dress Code.

If I have committed a minor offence or drink driving offence revcently or a number of years ago, will this affect the acceptance of my application?

Applicants are required to provide details of all traffic infringements, at your own expense, over the last 10 years, including all speeding fines, driving under influence (alcohol or drugs) etc.

Serious traffic offences within the past 10 years will be considered grounds for a 10 year disqualification from consideration as a potential employee, taken from the date of offence. Matters considered as a serious traffic offence include but are not limited to:

  • Exceed Prescribed Concentration of Alcohol - 0.1% BAC or over, or refuse (or previously fail to provide) alcohol tests, including fail to accompany or fail to remain for testing
  • Two or more offences of exceeding Prescribed Concentration of Alcohol under 0.1% BAC
  • Driving under the influence of drugs
  • Found guilty, charge proven for offence of driving whilst licence suspended, cancelled or disqualified
  • Found guilty, charge proven for offence of driving in a manner or speed dangerous
  • Refusing to stop when requested to do so by a law enforcement officer
  • Refusing a breath test or drug test


An applicant's overall driving record is also taken into consideration when assessing attitude to road law compliance. A poor driving record may result in your application being found unsuitable. An applicant's overall driving record will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.

If I have a conviction for a ciminal offence, how might this affect my application?

As part of the process, applicants will be required to give consent for the MFS to obtain personal information relating to criminal history. This information shows a record of offences even when a conviction has not been recorded.

The results of any criminal history screening process are considered on a case-by-case basis.

If I am colour blind or partially colour blind, will that affect my application?

The current MFS Medical Standards consider colour blindness to be incompatible with the role and therefore may disqualify an applicant from becoming a fulltime firefighter.

As part of the mandatory testing, thorough medicals are conducted on candidates who progress through the selection process. Please refer to our Medical Standards document (PDF, 112 KB) for further information.

If I have some hearing loss, what level is acceptable?

Firefighters need to be aware of changes in engine or road noises which may signal developing problems; be aware of fire station loudspeaker announcements, radio transmissions, horns, rail crossings, emergency signals and sirens, without compromising safety.

As part of the medical examination, an audiology examination will be conducted without the use of hearing aids.

Average hearing thresholds should be equal to or better than 40dB in the better ear. Average hearing threshold is the simple average of pure tone air conduction thresholds at 500, 1000, 2000 and 3000 Hz. Please refer to our Medical Standards document (PDF, 112 KB) for further information.

Where can I obtain more information about the application process, minimum standards, and the role of a firefighter?

This website is the best point of reference and provides potential applicants with all the information required for them to submit an application and to prepare them you for the recruitment process to follow or you can contact the Regional Office in your area.


Yorke & Mid North Region

Riverland & Central Region

Limestone Coast Region

Far North & Eyre Region

Regional Commander:
08 8243 6550

Regional Commander:
08 8586 3577

Regional Commander:
08 8725 1330

Regional Commander:
08 8552 2252



Mount Gambier




Murray Bridge

Port Augusta



Victor Harbor

Port Lincoln

Port Pirie


Mount Barker






What else can I do that would help my application?

It is important to carefully examine the Position Information Document (PID) (PDF, 850 KB) for Retained Firefighters and analyse your ability to meet the criteria listed in that document. It would be beneficial to consider the areas of your experiences and skill sets against the PID requirements.