Firefighters have a duty of care to be able to drive in a safe and responsible manner, and have a duty to cooperate with the measures that MFB has developed to eliminate or reduce risks.
MFB has a number of requirements in relation to a person’s driving record. Applicants must comply with these requirements prior to applying.
When submitting an application, applicants are required to detail all previous traffic infringements for the entire period they have been driving e.g. all speeding fines, 0.05 BAC etc.
Applicants must ensure that the information provided on their application is accurate. A full driver’s licence history extract can be obtained by contacting VicRoads directly prior to submitting their application.
It should also be noted that MFB will assess a person’s total driving history and reserves the right to reject applications for repetitive or highly dangerous offences. This includes a poor driving record over a number of year’s e.g. repetitive traffic infringements.
It is each applicant’s responsibility to read the prior history critera details below and ensure they comply with the critera , prior to applying to become a recruit firefighter.
Any applicant who deliberately provides false, incomplete or misleading information upon application or in the course of the selection process in an attempt to gain employment with MFB will be permanently disqualified from further consideration for employment.
The following offences, which are criminal offences will be considered grounds for permanent disqualification and deemed ineligible from employment with MFB:
- Culpable driving causing death
- Dangerous driving causing death or serious injury
Interim or temporary disqualification
Serious traffic offences within the past 10 years will be considered grounds for a 10 year disqualification, from consideration as a potential employee from date of offence.
Matters considered as a serious traffic offence include but are not limited to:
- Exceed Prescribed Concentration of Alcohol – 0.1% BAC or over or refuse (or previously fail to
provide) alcohol tests, including fail to accompany or fail to remain for testing
- Two or more offences of exceeding Prescribed Concentration of Alcohol under 0.1% BAC
- Found guilty, charge proven for offence of driving whilst licence suspended, cancelled or disqualified
- Found guilty, charge proven for offence of driving in a manner or speed dangerous.
- Refusing to stop when requested to do so by a law enforcement officer
- Refusing a breath test of drug test
The following matters will be considered grounds for interim or temporary disqualification of three years from consideration as a potential operational employee, from date of offence:
- Applicant is currently under suspension, cancellation or disqualification of drivers’ licence.
- Seven (7) or more demerit points lost in the last three year period (regardless of double demerit periods)
- Loss of licence in the past three years
- Drink driving offence(s) in the past three years less than 0.1% BAC
- Driving under the influence of drugs offences in the past three years