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The role of a firefighter

We want the best people to come and work for us as firefighters. We are inclusive, flexible and simply want to find the most talented candidates for these jobs. We would like to hear from people of different genders, cultures and backgrounds. We are most interested in the skills you have to offer and how we can help you become a great firefighter.​

The role of a firefighter is challenging, rewarding and packed with variety.  No two days are ever the same.  It is far more than just responding to fires, you could be inspiring young minds on a school visit, hosting an open day, attending a chemical spillage, rescuing a horse from a canal…the list goes on.

Providing education programmes and safety messages to local schools, businesses, community groups and residents is an essential part of the firefighter’s role in helping to prevent accidents and limiting the injury potential of those that do occur.

Following initial training, firefighters undertake continuous development training and have the opportunity to train for different skill sets.

To become a firefighter you need composure and understanding. You may need to react quickly in a crisis, or communicate vital information with clarity. In return you will receive a competitive salary, backed by excellent career development and promotion opportunities.

On-Call firefighters  provide an efficient and effective service that gives emergency cover to more than 90% of the United Kingdom. They do the same job as full-time firefighters, however instead of being based at a fire station they are ‘On-Call’ from work (employer’s consent required) and/or at home.

Further information is available on the Fire Service website.


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