How to make the most out of your FIFO experience

 In Fire & Emergency

While the list of perks that come with working fly-in fly-out is long and extensive, to get the most out of these perks, you need to manage the challenges that come with the FIFO lifestyle. 

Here at SETS, we think that it’s important to lay everything out on the table and encourage prospective FIFO workers to have a well-rounded understanding of this lifestyle to make the most out of their FIFO experience. 

You should expect the following when working in this industry:

The Perks

  • Financial rewards. With hard work comes great financial remuneration. Becoming a FIFO worker has helped countless individuals become financially independent. 
  • Extended holidays. Several rosters allow you to live anywhere in the world. Permanently locate yourself in Bali or Europe and fly back for work! Name another profession with that kind of flexibility. Moreover, you’ll be able to spend extended quality time with your loved ones. 
  • Comfortable life on worksites. Companies make sure that their workers are taken care of. Many FIFO contracts come with accommodation and daily meals. Entire donga communities have been made for your comfort.  
  • Close-knit team members. Working and living together with your colleagues for extended periods of time usually form friendships that last for life, creating a close-knit community on-site.  
  • Your home life and work-life are separate. The roster system allows FIFO employees to completely separate their home and work life, so they can spend extended time with their loved ones when they are back home. 


Yet, like all jobs, the FIFO lifestyle does have a few challenges. In order to make the most out of your FIFO experience, we recommend the following tips: 

  • A sleep management plan is imperative in maintaining a healthy mind and body while on-site. This includes:
    • Having good sleep hygiene works miracles. So have a warm shower after work and wear fresh clothes to bed.
    • Make sure that your room is dark, cool, and quiet. This goes a long way to guarantee quality and restful sleep.
    • Avoid being awake for more than 16 hours. 
  • When on-site, try to decorate your room with things that remind you of home, such as having pictures of your loved ones close by. 
  • Scheduling a time to call home regularly will help you feel in the loop and not miss out on the day-to-day lives of your family and friends. 
  • Going to the gym or taking advantage of the camps’ recreation facilities


Are you ready for a rewarding FIFO experience? If so, and you think you have what it takes to work in the mines rescue industry, we are always on the lookout for fresh new talent. Express your interest by sending your resume to us today at


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