Our roles


A firefighter’s role is diverse. The emergencies they attend are varied, including road traffic collisions, water and rope rescues and chemical spillages.

Thankfully, the number of incidents they attend is decreasing thanks to our prevention and education work. Our firefighters spend a lot of their time in the community delivering fire prevention advice and other safety messages.

They visit people and help them to avoid fires in the home and to plan what to do if one occurs. This involves carrying out home safety checks and fitting smoke alarms.

They also deliver presentations and talks to schoolchildren, community and voluntary groups to educate and promote fire safety.

Treating people with dignity and respect is at the heart of what we do. Our communities are diverse and we work hard to meet their needs through our services.

Our firefighters must be able to communicate effectively with all individuals, religious groups and people from a variety of backgrounds and cultures.

Whole time firefighters

Whole time firefighters work full time and for the majority of firefighters, this will be their primary occupation.

They are required to work days, nights, weekends and public holidays on one of two duty systems.

On-call firefighters

On-call firefighters are men and women who may have other jobs and are able to provide evening, daytime or weekend cover. They are ready to go out to a call the moment a message comes through to their pager.

The on-call role and training differs from a wholetime firefighter in three distinct ways:

1.    They must live or work within 5 minutes of the on-call station.

2.    Their shifts are based on their availability.

3.    The training is broken down in smaller ‘chunks’ to minimise the disruption to the person’s circumstances.

We currently have only one on-call station. This is in Chopwell.

Find out more about life as an on-call firefighter.

Application process

Applying to become a firefighter involves a robust and varied selection process.

Find our more about the process here as well as stories from previous recruits.

Other roles

We offer a range of other operational and corporate roles, including:

  • Fire Safety
  • Prevention and Education
  • Control Room
  • Learning and Development
  • ICT
  • Communications and Public Relations
  • Facilities and Property Services
  • Finance and Procurement
  • Human Resources
  • Occupational Health
  • Administration and Support
  • Business Services
  • Technical and Engineering Services

The selection processes for these roles vary but usually include an application form and panel interviews.

Check for current vacancies.