Everyone has their own idea of what the fire and rescue service does. You see the pictures every day on TV of firefighters putting out fires, but that is far from all we do.

The truth is that fighting fires makes up only a small part of the job. Our prevention work to stop fires and accidents from happening in the first place is just as important. Firefighters work in the community, talking to people, listening, teaching, helping, getting involved sharing knowledge and preventing fires before they start in order to save lives.

Firefighters educate people in how to prevent fire, escape in the event of a fire and on fire hazards at home and in business. We visit schools, teach and work with children and the vulnerable to raise awareness of dangers like fireworks and matches. We encourage safety initiatives in businesses and inspect buildings to make sure they meet fire safety regulations.

We also face many different challenges in today’s world; unpredictable weather such as floods and storms, transport accidents, unforeseen events like oil spills and the growing threat of terrorism. Helping to protect society against all of these dangers requires an innovative approach and new kinds of skills and knowledge.

Have you got what it takes?

We can offer you an exciting and varied career as a wholetime firefighter, however, the role is challenging and can involve difficult situations that you won’t find in other jobs.

If you’re thinking about becoming a firefighter, take a moment to consider the following questions:

  • Are you confident working at height and in enclosed spaces?
  • Are you happy working outdoors in any weather?
  • Are you prepared to get wet, cold or hot during your work?
  • Do you have the resolve to get the job done despite challenges and obstacles?
  • Are you happy to work a shift system including nights and weekends?
  • Could you confidently engage with people in your local community?
  • Would you be able to deal sensitively with people in difficult and emotional situations?
  • Could you work under pressure to support your colleagues?
  • Are you prepared to follow instructions from others?
  • Can you think on your feet to solve problems?
  • Would you be able to take the responsibility for representing a professional service?
  • Are you committed to your own personal development?
  • Would you enjoy working in a role that is subject to change and continuous improvement?

If the answer to all those questions is yes, then maybe a job as a firefighter is right for you.