How to become a Aviation Firefighter

Aviation firefighters fight fires in aircraft and buildings at airports, provide rescue and first-aid services for aircraft passengers and crew, provide technical advice about fire safety and assist in educating airport users about firefighting and safety.

Personal requirements of a Aviation Firefighter

  • able to cope with the physical demands of the job
  • able to swim
  • comfortable working at heights
  • comfortable working in confined spaces
  • able to work in a structured service environment
  • able to work as part of a team
  • good interpersonal and communication skills
  • meet Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) regulations for colour vision
  • Australian citizenship or permanent residency.
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Avg. weekly wage:


Future growth:

moderate growth

Employment by state:

ACT 0.5%

NSW 23%

NT 1.5%

QLD 23.8%

SA 8.6%

TAS 1.7%

VIC 30.2%

WA 10.7%

Hours worked:



below average

Gender split:

Male 96.1%

Female 3.9%

Education level:

Not completed Year 10: 0%

Not completed Year 12: 5.7%

Highest qualification is secondary school: 9%

Highest qualification is a Certificate 3 or 4: 37.7%

Highest qualification is a Diploma or Advanced Diploma: 18.9%

Highest qualification is a Bachelor degree: 19.8%

Highest qualification is a Postgraduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate: 9%

Age bracket:

Below 35 years: 23.8%

Above 35 years: 76.7%

*The data above is sourced from the Department of Employment’s Job Outlook website.

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