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Becoming a DEW project firefighter

Project firefighters are primarily employed to support DEW’s fire management program, particularly fire preparedness, response, and prescribed burning operations. 

When not directly involved in fire suppression, a project firefighter will undertake a broad range fire prevention, reserve management and training activities. This can include track and trail construction, clearing, fencing and facilities maintenance, slashing of fire breaks, weed control and the operation of a variety of plant and equipment such as chainsaws and tractors.

Work is mainly based outdoors, often in remote environments and is physically demanding. Project firefighters may be required to work outside of normal hours, including weekends and public holidays, and can be deployed away from home for up to 7 days. 

Senior project firefighter positions are also available and lead a small team to undertake the above activities.

There are two ways you can apply to become a project/senior project firefighter:

  • Term Pool Register – register interest for positions that may become available during the season

Find out the essential requirements of becoming a firefighter

Wondering what it takes to become a DEW project firefighter? Get the inside story from the staff themselves in the short video below.


Annual recruitment for the 2021–22 season is now closed.


Unfortunately, DEW Fire Management do not take on volunteers due to limited resources, however, you can become a volunteer for the SA Country Fire Service.

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