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Thinking of Becoming a Fire-Fighter?

Do you want to save lives? Have you always dreamt of becoming a firefighter? Well, time to help you make that dream a reality. This is How to Become a Firefighter.

  • 18 years and older
  • Matric (preferably with Mathematics and Physical Science)
  • Complete a 2.4km run in under 11 minutes (males) or 12 minutes (females)
  • Complete 15 bench press repetitions of 25kg
  • Complete 30 sit ups in 60 seconds
  • Carry another person of equal body weight a distance of 100 metres
  • Complete a vertigo test (ladder climb five floors)
  • Claustrophobia test
  • Pass a written test in basic mathematics and comprehension
  • Successfully undergo a competency based interview
  • Successfully pass a medical examination

The assessments described above are carried out on an elimination basis. If an applicant fails to meet a required standard, they will not be permitted to proceed to the next assessment.

On successful completion of the assessment an applicant is appointed as a Learner Firefighter and enters the Training Program. Candidates are appointed on a contract until training is completed.

Thereafter a candidate will complete the 16 week Firefighter 1 course module which consists of a practical and a theoretical component.

Training is a combination of 'real life' scenarios simulated in a controlled environment as well as classroom orientated sessions.

Throughout the four month course, values such as teamwork, discipline and perseverance are instilled, ensuring all recruits have a solid basis to start a rewarding career in the CTFRS.

The CTFRS' Fire Training Academy, which is located in Epping, is accredited with the LG Sector Education and Training Authority (SETA) and South African Emergency Services Institute (SAESI).

Supplementary courses (offered by external service providers) include Basic Ambulance Assistant (BAA), Ambulance Emergency Assistant (AEA), Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) and Advanced Driving. Additional courses are added to the prospectus as they are developed.

Approach your local fire department in your area or monitor your local newspaper. E.g. City Press

You start off as a firefighter completing four months of training.

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