Our 3-Step Escape Plan

  • First Escape Route
  • Second Escape Route
  • Meeting Place

Use this space to note any additional information about your escape plan, i.e. who will assist

Your checklist
  • Get low

    Smoke is poisonous and more deadly than flames.

    If you breathe smoke for more than a few breaths it can kill you.

  • Be fast

    A house fire can kill you in less than three minutes.

    Don't spend time trying to save possessions.

  • Close doors

    A closed door buys you time.

    It slows down the spread of fire, giving you more time to get to safety.

  • Get out - stay out!

    People have died by going back into a fire.

    Don't leave the meeting place to go back inside for any reason.

Entry requirements

Our communities trust us to show up when it matters. We’re looking for people who have what it takes to join the frontline.

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What you'll need:

First and foremost you'll need:

To care about communities.
To be a team player.
A sense of humour.
To want to help.

Baseline requirements

Fire and Emergency New Zealand has several statutory powers, as well as a position of trust and integrity in public perception. We have a baseline of entry requirements that you must meet to become a Career Firefighter:

Police Check

Make sure there are no surprises by requesting a copy of your own police check before commencing the application process. The Ministry of Justice website has information on getting a copy of your criminal record (external link)

Criminal Conviction Security Check

The below information is for applicants who want to join Fire and Emergency but have a criminal conviction. It does not cover all situations and should be used as a guide only. Each situation will be assessed on merit.

Convictions for arson

You will not be able to join Fire and Emergency if you have:

  • been convicted of arson in the last seven years, or
  • ever received a custodial sentence for arson.

Convictions in the last seven years

You will not be able to join Fire and Emergency if you have been convicted of any of the following in the last seven years:

  • Sexual offences.
  • Theft, fraud, perjury or other dishonesty offences.
  • Offences punishable by 2 or more-year term in prison.

Convictions in the last five years

If you have one conviction, for any crime other than those listed above, and the sentence was not imprisonment, the conviction is unlikely to prevent you joining Fire and Emergency.

If you have received one conviction in the last five years, but were given a prison sentence, it is unlikely that you will be able to join Fire and Emergency.

If you have received more than one conviction in the last five years (regardless of the sentence) you are unlikely to be able to join Fire and Emergency.

Driving related offences

Parking and speeding offences will not normally affect your application. Unpaid fines will affect your application.

Criminal Records (Clean Slate) Act 2004

Refer to www.Justice.Govt.NZ/criminal-records/clean-slate (external link) to see if you meet the ‘Clean Slate’ criteria.

Medical Check

During the recruitment process you will be assessed against medical standards that are in line with the requirements of operational firefighting. There are some medical conditions that could place you, your crew or the public at risk. 

Some of the common situations that might require us to seek further information are any medical conditions that limit your mobility, could cause you to collapse, or could pose a risk for fire-fighting and may prevent your application being successful.  Asthma, insulin dependent diabetes, epilepsy or loss of consciousness, some heart conditions and psychological conditions are all conditions which can present risk in firefighting and will require more extensive testing.

We assess each condition on a case-by-case basis.

If you have any concerns about a medical condition please contact one of our recruitment team on email screening@fireandemergency.nz.

Overseas Applicants  

Due to the large number of applicants from within New Zealand, we do not sponsor overseas applicants.

Australian citizens can work freely in New Zealand. Please refer to the New Zealand Immigration Service (external link) for further information. 


Prior Learning

Please note at this point there is no procedure to recognise prior learning from other fire services in terms of lateral entry or progression.

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