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Being part of the Service is not just about fighting fires and rescuing people from difficult situations, it is also about working closely with local communities.

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You will be expected to offer advice about fire prevention and fire safety at home and in the workplace. You may also be asked to liaise with schools to offer career advice and publicise the work of the Service.

Working with people of all ages and from all walks of life demands common sense, compassion, sensitivity, creativity, discretion and diplomacy. We look for applicants from a wide range of backgrounds who are aged 18 or over to help us to provide a high-quality service.

A good deal of this job satisfaction comes from the knowledge that you are making a positive difference to the community.

No two days are ever the same for an operational firefighter. You may be involved in supporting and reassuring people involved in a serious road traffic accident, or comforting a parent whose child is trapped by fire. It takes a good deal of mental strength to remain calm when others around you may not be able to control their emotions. You may face dangerous situations, so courage is essential too.

We need people who can think on their feet, quickly weigh up a situation and act accordingly.

Shifts

Wholetime firefighter shifts include weekends, nights, and public holidays. A normal working week is 42 hours, based on a shift rota of two 9-hour days, followed by two 15-hour nights, followed by four days off duty.

Leave

There is a generous leave entitlement of 30 days plus public holidays.

Salary

Salary scales are in accordance with national pay scales. The starting salary for a trainee firefighter is currently £21,799 per annum.

Training

All new trainee firefighters undergo a training programme of approximately 7 weeks, structured to develop the skills, abilities and qualities needed to be a firefighter.

Probationary period

Employment is subject to a probationary period while you are in the training and development phase of your role, up to a maximum period of three years in accordance with your terms and conditions of employment. During your probationary period you will be required to demonstrate a satisfactory level of performance.

Equality and inclusion

We aim to provide equality of opportunity in employment and service delivery and welcome applications from people from all backgrounds and sections of society. Please visit our Equality and diversity page to find out more.

Find out more

Click here further information on our latest firefighter opportunities.
General information about firefighting can also be found here.