Apply to be a firefighter

Are you passionate about helping people? A career as a firefighter is challenging, but also hugely rewarding.

We’re not currently recruiting for firefighters, but we will be soon. Register your interest.

Preparing to apply

To apply to become a firefighter, you must be 18 or over. Full training is provided and we welcome applications from everyone, regardless of gender, religion or ethnicity.

We need people who are resilient, confident and physically fit, as well as good communicators and team workers. Because firefighters work closely with all of our local communities, they must also be compassionate and committed to diversity.

If you’re interested in becoming a firefighter, you’ll need to prepare for a rigorous application process.

Role related tests

An important part of the selection process is a series of practical assessments that test the skills needed to become a firefighter. This video shows a few examples:

Taster sessions

We host taster sessions as part of our recruitment campaigns where you can speak to firefighters about their role and have a go at some of the role related tests.

It could also be helpful to attend a station open day.

Although it’s not essential, candidates who have attended either an open day or a taster session often perform better during the application process.

Fitness

A firefighter’s role is very physically demanding. We recommend a range of activities to improve and maintain your fitness:

Cardiovascular Strength Flexibility
  • Running
  • Cycling
  • Swimming
  • Team sports
  • Rowing
  • Skipping
  • Group exercise classes
  • Climbing
  • Squat
  • Shoulder press
  • Step up
  • Press up
  • Bent over row
  • Load carriage lunge
  • Trunk rotation
  • Dead lift
  • Yoga
  • Tai chi
  • Pilates