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Join our Mitigation crews

Joining our Mitigation crews is a great way of helping to keep our community safe, while enjoying a career in the NSW RFS.

Our Mitigation Crews perform a number of roles, such as helping to prepare areas for hazard reduction by volunteer brigades, meaning our community is safer from bush fires.

They also help some of the most at-risk members of our community through the Assist Infirm, Disabled and Elderly Residents (AIDER) program.

If you enjoy working outdoors, and want to help the community, a role in our Mitigation Crews could be for you.

We recruit annually for our Mitigation crews. If you’re interested, register your details and we will let you know when to apply.

Why join Mitigation?

  • You enjoy working outdoors
  • You want to assist volunteer brigades
  • You want to help some of the most at-risk people in our community
  • You want to help with operational and logistical support during major operations

Who we are looking for

If you are fit, enjoy physically demanding work, traveling and have firefighting qualifications, you are encouraged to apply when applications open.

The required qualifications will be provided when roles are advertised, and by registering for emails below.

How to apply

Recruitment for our Mitigation crews happens every year.

As part of the recruitment process we need candidates to pass a National Criminal History Record Check, meet specific requirements of a medical assessment, and pass the Arduous Pack test.

Applications will be advertised on I Work for NSW.

How to prepare

  1. Sign up for our Mitigation emails below – you’ll receive training tips and find out when applications open
  2. Prepare physically for the Arduous Pack Test
  3. When applications open, complete the online application

What is the Arduous Pack Test?

This involves a 4.83km walk while carrying a 20.4kg vest, in less than 45 minutes. If you weigh under 68 kilograms, you can use a lighter vest of 15.4kg. Pack tests will be conducted at a number of different locations. We encourage you to start training eight weeks in advance. Sign up to the Mitigation email for tips on training for the pack test.

Got any questions?

Contact the Recruitment Team at

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Sign up for our Mitigation emails to receive training tips and to find out when applications open. We won’t use your email address for anything else and you can unsubscribe at any time.

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