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Vacancies for Retained Firefighters exist in Murrurundi: 

Vacancies are available. Apply NOW


Recruitment contact for Murrurundi:


Sarah Power
Call the fire station on 6546 6019


What is a Retained Firefighter and what do they do?

Retained Firefighters are a diverse group of people who balance work and family commitments to work on an ‘on call’ part-time basis for FRNSW. They are trained to work as a team, and deal with emergencies such as fires, road accidents and hazardous material spillages.

Retained Firefighters work from their local Retained Fire Station, most of which are located in regional and rural NSW, and work closely with other emergency service agencies such as the Ambulance Service of NSW and the NSW Police Force.  They also play a valuable role in their communities by educating those around them in fire safety and prevention.

We welcome applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, and members of ethno-religious groups that will allow us to represent the communities we serve. We are also keen to employ men and women who can respond to incidents during daytime working hours. 

So if you are a shift worker, a student at TAFE or university, unemployed, in full or part-time employment, or a mum with children at school we would be keen to talk to you about this ‘on call’ and part-time employment opportunity that will allow you make a difference in your local community.



Benefits of being a Retained Firefighter


What’s in it for me?


In addition to meeting a range of new people, there’s the chance to make a real contribution to your community by ensuring the protection of their families, homes and environment.


Many of our passionate Retained Firefighters tell us they love their job; both for the excitement and satisfaction of doing something valued and respected, and for the camaraderie of working with other team members in conditions that may be hazardous.


As an employee of FRNSW, you will not only be making a strong contribution to an organisation with a long and proud history of serving and protecting the people of NSW, but will get to wear our uniform with pride, and work in a field consistently voted as one of the most sought after  and valued professions.


The training provided to Retained Firefighters also transfers to other elements of work and life including public safety, use of specialist equipment, first aid, and the confidence to deal with a range of work and life challenges.


What’s in it for my employer?


Your primary employer will be rewarded by your increased confidence, knowledge and skills from our training and work experiences. You will also be able to support your workplace with knowledge and skills in first aid, basic life support, fire fighting and emergency response planning. Your employer will also not only be supporting the community, but protecting their business as well!


How much do I get paid?


Retained Firefighters are paid:


  1. an hourly rate for attending incidents, training and drills at the station (see table below)
  2. a fortnightly ‘retainer’ to be on call
  3. other paid entitlements e.g. leave (annual, sick and long service) and superannuation.


Current pay rates for Retained Firefighters are:



Fortnightly Retainer $

Hourly rate $

Years of Service

Firefighter C




Firefighter B




Firefighter A






A retained fire station is located in Murrurundi!

Retained firefighters are attached to a FRNSW Retained Fire Station and these are mostly located in regional and country areas.  As response times to emergencies is critical our Retained Firefighters must live or work within close proximity of their fire station (approximately 5 minutes drive) to reach it within a reasonable time, and observe safe driving practices.


Minimum application requirements


To apply as a Retained Firefighter you need to satisfy the following conditions:


  • I am an Australian or New Zealand citizen or Australian Permanent Resident
  • I have a current driver’s licence (minimum P1)
  • I live or work within close proximity to an FRNSW retained fire station
  • I am willing to attend incidents and drills
  • I am reasonably fit and healthy to complete a pre-employment medical and functional (physical) assessment
  • I am able to work as an effective team member
  • I have good communication skills


As the commitment of a Retained Firefighter will vary, we recommend discussing the role and responsibilities with a firefighter at your local station.


Recruitment process

If I apply what is the process?

  1. Register your interest online (includes attaching a resume in Word document format, and providing the names of two referees)
  2. Await further advice from FRNSW in terms of whether or not you can be considered for a station in your area
  3. Attend an interview (and provide evidence you meet our minimum requirements e.g. birth certificate and driver’s licence)
  4. Await advice on the outcome of your interview and reference / criminal record checks
  5. Await advice on attending a medical and physical (functional) assessment

We will try to come back to you on the outcome of your application as soon as possible. If successful you will be advised of your commencement and training dates, and a uniform will be issued to you. Should we be unable to progress your application based on any of the assessment stages outlined above, we will also provide you with post-selection feedback.



If offered employment as a Retained Firefighter you will complete eight days of training. This includes two sessions of four days each with training conducted at one of our facilities at Albion Park, Deniliquin, Wellington, Armidale or Alexandria.

Phase I training will include familiarisation with firefighting techniques, use of equipment and work health and safety procedures.  Phase 2 will build on this, with instruction in first aid, basic life support and the use of defibrillators and rescue equipment. All Retained Firefighters continue to receive ongoing training including fortnightly drills at their local fire station. This allows everyone to work as a cohesive and specialised team, and respond with professionalism and expertise each and every time!

FRNSW is a registered training organisation and will provide all the training and support you need, but it helps to have common sense and enthusiasm to work in a team. 




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