In the UK each brigade or fire service will advertise their own jobs and each have their own entry requirements. It is important that you check with the brigade you apply for to find out what the entry requirements are. To obtain these details, contact the Chief Fire Officer at that particular fire service.
The various Fire and Rescue Services in England can be seen on the map below:
Jobs for the Fire and Rescue Service are posted across the 46 different fire service (brigade) websites.
It’s a firefighter’s job to help protect and save lives. If you are passionate about the public safety then getting a job as a UK firefighter may be ideal for you. Some duties that you will carry out include:
- Emergency Services Work – Putting out fires, rescuing victims from accidents, dealing with hazardous spills etc.
- Fire Prevention Work – Conducting fire safety awareness presentations at schools, inspecting buildings etc.
- Routine Station Duties – Maintaining equipment and training etc.
Below is a breakdown of the staff across England’s 46 fire services:
Wholetime firefighters – 27,209
Retained firefighters – 11,774
Fire control – 1,320
Non-uniformed – 7,474
Total Number of Fire and Rescue Authority Staff in England: 47,337
Tens of Thousands of people apply each year to Fire and Rescue Service jobs each year and it is estimated that more than 75% of those applicants never make it past the initial application stage. It is important to consider that although the statistics seem against you don’t be put off as the candidates that fail are often highly unprepared and fail to apply for jobs as soon as they are available – put yourself above other candidates.