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Nominations for 2016 Overseas Deployment Register

Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Nominations are sought from members wishing to register to be considered for overseas deployment.


Although there are no current requests, the Overseas Deployment Register will ensure that the Service has a list of appropriately qualified personnel who may be considered should a deployment request be received.


All members are welcome to apply, however you must note that a high level of qualification and/or experience is important due to the different operating environments.


Who can apply?


The Overseas Deployment Register will be utilised should a request be received from overseas agencies or for potential deployment following a significant international disaster. Selection will be based on matching previous experience, qualifications and fitness requirements against the skill sets required for any deployment. For any personnel shortlisted, medical examinations and pack tests will be organised through State Operations. This process, along with any other pertinent conditions, will be fully explained to any personnel selected for deployment.


Applicants must be capable of passing a medical and, depending on the role, undertake the Arduous Pack Test (4.83km walk on level ground within 45 minutes carrying a pack or weight vest of 20.4kg), and be available for deployment for periods of between 4 and 8 weeks. Please refer to the below Guide on Arduous Pack Tests (APT) for further information on what is involved, risks associated, and how one can prepare for the APT.



A current passport with at least 6 months currency at the time of deployment will also be required.


Who has gone previously?


Personnel have been deployed to the USA in 2000, 2002, 2003, 2006, 2008, 2014 and most recently to Canada, the USA and Indonesia in 2015. Traditionally the skill sets requested have related to IMT, field command, and aviation roles, to date there has not been a request to provide fire fighting personnel.


How do I apply?


Please complete the online application form available on the intranet and MyRFS.

Applications need to be submitted by Friday 20 May 2016.


If applying, you should be aware the Arduous Pack Test is a strenuous activity and you should be prepared to undertake tasks involved. Please note that your NSW RFS Manager will be asked to approve your application and provide advice on role suitability.


If you require further information please do not hesitate to send your query to