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As a new firefighter you will be required to undertake mandatory training that will enable you to develop the core skills every firefighter needs. Training is carried out over the first three years of service and includes a number of modules, both written and physical.

On-Call firefighters are required to attend a training session one evening during the week for a 2-3 hour period (drill nights). To maintain a professional and competent service you will also be required to attend annual re-qualification courses in the core competencies of a firefighter. These courses would take place over a weekend.

What are drill nights?

Drill nights give people who wish to become an On-Call firefighter the opportunity to come along and see what firefighters actually do. This is a great way to observe what is involved in becoming an On-Call firefighter. The evening covers operational procedures such as:

  • Community safety and first aid
  • How to keep risks to a minimum
  • Procedures and techniques
  • Teamwork
  • Use of equipment

An important part of your preparation for making an application to become a trainee firefighter includes having knowledge and understanding of the firefighter’s role and values within the fire and rescue service.

Drill night times

Drill nights are held weekly and no appointment is necessary, please contact the office in charge upon arrival who will be more than happy to show you around and introduce you to the team. View the drill night times at the fire nearest to you below.

StationDrill NightTime
BrackleyWednesday18:30 - 21:30
BrixworthMonday19:00 - 21:00
Burton LatimerTuesday18:45 - 21:45
DaventryThursday19:30 - 21:30
DesboroughMonday18:30 - 21:30
Earls BartonWednesday19:00 - 21:00
GuilsboroughMonday19:00 - 21:00
IrthlingboroughTuesday19:00 - 22:00
KetteringTuesday18:45 - 21:45
Long BuckbyThursday19:00 - 21:00
MoultonWednesday19:00 - 21:00
OundleWednesday18:30 - 21:30
RaundsWednesday18:30 - 21:30
RothwellMonday18:30 - 21:30
RushdenWednesday19:00 - 22:00
ThrapstonWednesday18:30 - 21:30
TowcesterWednesday19:00 - 21:00
WellingboroughTuesday18:30 - 21:30
Woodford HalseWednesday18:30 - 21:30

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