Firefighter recruitment is open in Tyne and Wear

Thousands of people in the North East have been told they have what it takes to be a firefighter – as the region’s largest Service today launched a recruitment drive.

Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service (TWFRS) have today (Thursday) re-opened their whole-time firefighter recruitment process.

With hundreds of new firefighters planned to be joining the Service in the coming years – the face of firefighting in Tyne and Wear is changing.

And the Service are encouraging those people concerned that they don’t have what it takes to do the job to think again.

They want those who demonstrate traits such as empathy, compassion and adaptability to consider submitting an application.

Whether you are short or tall, male or female, an office worker or a gym fanatic, they want to challenge the stereotypes that may have prevented you applying.

Today (Thursday) their highest ranking officer called on anyone who wants to help create a safer community here in Tyne and Wear to consider a career at TWFRS.

Chief Fire Officer Chris Lowther said “Our firefighters go above and beyond every single day to save lives and keep vulnerable residents in Tyne and Wear from harm’s way.

“We are looking for people who have empathy, compassion and are adaptable in any circumstance, as every day is different when you are a firefighter.

“Everything you do will help contribute to making Tyne and Wear a safer place to live, you will have opportunities to meet new people, visit new places and make a positive impact on people’s lives.

“It isn’t just about tacking fires or rescuing people from danger. It’s about speaking to people, engaging with communities, visiting schools and offering safety advice.

“Regardless of your age, gender, race, religion or sexuality, there is a home for you here at Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service.

“Our message to everyone is clear. You have what it takes to be a firefighter, you just might not know it yet.”

New recruits start off with a 14 week training course at TWFRS’s training centre in Washington before being posted to their stations and watches around the region.

Those successful in this recruitment drive are likely to start on that course in late summer or early autumn.

The Service will be continuing their effort to become more diverse by reaching out to communities through careers fairs, community events and online webinars.

The career offers a competitive starting salary with many opportunities for progression and personal development.

There are a range of other holiday, pension and healthcare benefits while the shift patterns can offer a greater work/life balance then your traditional 9 to 5.

Applications have opened today and will remain open until January 31st.

Full information about how to apply, and what the training and job will involve, can be found on the TWFRS website at