Fire Fighters

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:

  • Communication – written and oral
  • Application of numbers
  • Information technology
  • Working with others
  • Improving own learning and performance
  • Problem solving

There are two types of roles:

  • Wholetime Firefighter – these are Firefighters who work full time on a shift system.
  • On-Call Firefighter – these are Firefighters who work part time.


National Firefighter Selection process

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,

In Scotland

All fire service vacancies are advertised on There’s a menu tab especially for jobs in the emergency services.

The Scottish Fire Service College provides specialist courses for firefighters.

In England

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

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.

In Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service

In Wales

There are three regional fire services in Wales. The links below will take you directly to the recruitment pages of their websites:

North Wales Fire & Rescue Service

Mid and West Wales Fire & Rescue Service

South Wales Fire & Rescue Service

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.

Skills For Fire & Rescue