The role of a Firefighter is varied and fighting fires is only one part. Firefighters deal with many other incidents including road traffic collisions, chemical accidents, floods, and animal rescues. Additionally a great emphasis is placed on educating the local community on fire prevention and safety.
The key skills required of a Firefighter are:
There are two types of roles:
If you want to be considered for a role as a firefighter, there’s a standard national selection process that you may have to go through known as the NFS. It assesses your potential to perform safely and effectively by getting you to take part in a variety of job-simulation exercises,
All fire service vacancies are advertised on www.myjobscotland.gov.uk. There’s a menu tab especially for jobs in the emergency services.
The Scottish Fire Service College provides specialist courses for firefighters.
Each fire service in England sets its own entry requirements, so it’s best to check directly with the service you want to work for.
For more information on fire service training in England, go to www.fireservicecollege.ac.uk
For professional careers advice please visit the National Careers Service website. You can also call their helpline to speak directly to an adviser – 0800 100 900.
There are three regional fire services in Wales. The links below will take you directly to the recruitment pages of their websites:
Don’t forget there are also private-sector fire crews working at every airport and in the oil industry. Google them and check out the recruitment pages of their websites.