Average Salary For Fire Fighters In South Africa

 A firefighter is a person who works at a fire department, either as a volunteer or by profession, who fights fires and rescues people and animals from fires.


A person whose work is fighting fires; esp., a member of a fire department. noun. 7.

A member of a fire department who fights fires.

Fire Fighter Salary In South Africa

The average firefighter salary in South Africa is R 1 598 892 per year or R 820 per hour. Entry-level positions start at R 336 000 per year, while most experienced workers make up to R 2 175 696 per year.

How do I become a firefighter?

Every fire department in South Africa has its own requirements but the basic entry-level requirements are:


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Pass a physical test

Must not be claustrophobic

Must not be afraid of heights

When you are called for an interview, enquire as to what is required of you e.g., what is the physical test all about?

Where should I apply?

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

How long does it take?

From the time you have been interviewed, it normally takes about three to four weeks for HR to get back to you.

The best advice would be to enquire from the officials at the interview.

What are the characteristics needed to become a firefighter?

Firstly you have to be passionate about wanting to help people and the salary you get should be a secondary consideration.

If you do this for the money you are mistaken as a firefighter’s job is serving mankind.

You have to be honest and trustworthy since you will be entering houses and businesses to do your job.

You should be a problem solver and not panic under server stressful situations.

You must take the job seriously as your life and people’s lives depend on you. 

You should be disciplined and be able to take instruction from your commanding officer.

Be positive and have a great attitude toward life.

Be humble and strive to help someone in need.

You should be physically fit as the job is extremely strenuous.