Interview – Randall Appleby

Firefighter – Randall Appleby


What do you consider the most rewarding and challenging parts of your job?

The most challenging part of being a firefighter is not knowing what the next incident maybe but you have to be ready for it. The job can place you under extreme amounts of physical and psychological pressure.

Most rewarding, anytime you help somebody.


If people were considering becoming a firefighter what advice would you give them?

Make sure you are ready because it takes full commitment. In my opinion the best firefighters are people who have had a lot of life experiences and often worked in many different industries.


What qualifications or experience is required to become a firefighter?

These can often be subject to change. To ensure you have the correct information go to the website at look under the recruit tab.


What path did you take to become a firefighter?

Jack of all trades master of none. I played professional sport for many years and that teamwork environment has helped dramatically. Following my sporting career I worked in a number of areas e.g. Sales, Logistics, Hospitality, Landscaping Supplies.


What did you want to be when you grew up?

Police Officer.


Can you see yourself remaining in this line of work forever?



What are your standard hours?

We work a rotating shift of 2 days (10 hrs) 2 nights (14 hrs) followed by 4 days off. The flexibility is good but the trade of is you often end up working Christmas, New Years, Grand Finals etc.


Is there anything you can tell us about your job that people wouldn’t expect?

Firefighters attend any and every incident you could possible imagine.