Fire Safety Officer


  • Location negotiable between Burwood East and Chirnside Park
  • Fixed Term Full - Time (Up to 10 April 2020)
  • $79,566 pa (plus 9.50% super)

Position Details

The Country Fire Authority (CFA) is one of the world's largest, and most highly regarded community based emergency services organisations. We respond to fire and other emergencies 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Whilst our firefighters are the cornerstone of CFA services, what goes on behind the scenes is just as important in helping to protect lives and property.

About the Role:

The Fire Safety Officer role provides a unique development opportunity for someone experienced in town planning and/or building design. This opportunity will allow the successful applicant to enhance their understanding of the planning and/or building sector by being part CFA's service delivery team. By understanding CFA's regulatory role in the town planning and building systems the successful applicant will expand their understanding of both bushfire and structural fire behaviour.

The Fire Safety Officer has an important part in building the community's resilience to both bushfire and structure fire by working to ensure development and buildings appropriately designed to respond to the risk of fire.

In order to undertake this role, CFA delegates to the Fire Safety Officer responsibilities under various Acts and Regulations including the CFA Act, the Planning and Environment Act the Subdivision Act; and the Building Act and Building Regulations.

The successful applicant will have:

Qualifications and Experience                  

  1. Demonstrated industry experience or equivalent tertiary qualifications would be an advantage.
  2. Proven structural environment experience with particular emphasis in the fire safety area.
  3. Experience and/or understanding of operational firefighting would be an advantage.

Knowledge and Skills

  1. Demonstrated high level knowledge of and experience in, the application of the building and planning legislation and its relevance to CFA.
  2. An understanding of emergency management planning and operational response requirements.
  3. An understanding of hazardous materials, bushfire and structural fire behaviour.
  4. Well-developed interpersonal skills, including negotiation skills and the ability to influence a wide range of internal and external stakeholder relationships across local Government, industry and communities.
  5. Well-developed written and verbal communication skills.
  6. Demonstrated ability to observe, investigate and make decisions based on sound risk assessment and judgement.
  7. Demonstrated ability to organise and manage a diverse workload and competing timeframes.

Your Application

When applying for a position with CFA, the key to progressing in the selection process is the quality of your application. Your application must demonstrate that you have the qualifications, experience, key attributes and skills required for the position.

Applicants must address the selection criteria outlined in the attached position description.

Your application should include:

  • Cover letter
  • Responses to the Key Selection Criteria as outlined in the Position Description
  • Resume

Submitting your Application

When you click the 'apply' button you will be taken to the online application form. Here you will be asked to provide personal and contact details and respond to employment-related questions.

The successful applicant will be required to complete a National Police History Check.

CFA supports flexible working arrangements and is committed to being an inclusive, fair and child safe organisation for all staff, volunteers and the community.

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