Careers

We’re extremely proud of our staff – they’re our finest asset. Our firefighters make up the majority of our workforce, but we offer a wide range of other careers within our organisation. From water hydrant technicians to graphic designers, you might be surprised at how many different opportunities there are!

To find out more, please follow the links below to our sections on firefighter, fire control, service support, operational and volunteer roles.

Firefighters

Although responding to emergencies is what firefighters are known for, they spend a of time carrying out other activities including prevention and education, training and development, and working within the community.

Requirements

To become a West Midlands Fire Service (WMFS) firefighter you must:

• be at least 18 years old when you apply
• live in the area covered by WMFS (please note that postcode and proof of address will be required).

We’re actively encouraging applications from women and members of the West Midlands’ black, Asian and minority ethnic communities. These groups are under-represented in our organisation, which we want to reflect the diversity of our communities. But the process is, of course, open to all. You can read more about this in our positive action section.

Other useful links!

Our PlanAbout Us | Volunteering

Fire Control

Our fire control staff take emergency calls, diffuse stressful situations, mobilise resources and equipment, and manage our vehicles and officers. They liaise with firefighters who are at the scenes of emergencies, record important details on our computerised incident logs, and work closely with the public and businesses on protection and prevention work.

Requirements

To become a West Midlands Fire Service (WMFS) Fire Control Operator you must:

• be at least 18 years old at the time you apply.

Our Fire Control team has a significant under-representation of people from black and minority ethnic groups and of men. We welcome applications from all, but particularly encourage applications from members of these groups. Discover more in the equality and diversity section of our Fire Control careers section.

Other useful links!

Our Plan | About Us | Volunteering

Support Staff

Our support staff are in many varied roles from ICT, workshops and vehicle maintenance, cleaners and catering staff, to finance, communications, surveyors, administration and more – our support staff play a vital role in making the West Midlands safer, stronger and healthier. We couldn’t do what we do without them.

Our available positions are hosted on our external jobs board, click the link below to visit it and see what’s available!

We actively encourage applications from women and members of the West Midlands’ black, Asian and minority ethnic communities. These groups are under-represented in our organisation, which we want to reflect the diversity of our communities as much as possible. But the process is, of course, open to all. Discover more in our positive action section.

Other useful links!

Our Plan | Firefighters | About Us | Volunteering

Operational Roles

We have staff across the organisation that work in operational roles. These could be in areas like fire safety or training, or more senior positions such as Area Commanders or higher. These roles generally would be available to staff already holding positions in other fire and rescue services, or with the relevant supporting skills from an existing position.

Requirements

To become a West Midlands Fire Service (WMFS) officer you must:

• be at least 18 years old at the time you apply.

Our available positions are hosted on our external jobs board, click the link below to visit it and see what’s available!

We’re actively encouraging applications from women and members of the West Midlands’ black, Asian and minority ethnic communities. These groups are under-represented in our organisation, which we want to reflect the diversity of our communities. But the process is, of course, open to all. You can read more about this in our positive action section.

Other useful links!

Our Plan | About Us | Volunteering

Volunteers

We have a number of volunteering opportunities – in photography, in our communities and at our Safeside educational centres, to list just a few.

Requirements

Our volunteer roles have different age requirements:

  • To be a volunteer photographer you must be over 18
  • To be a Prevention Advocate you must be over 18 years old, although you can do the guiding activity at Safeside from 16 years old

We’re actively encouraging applications from women and members of the West Midlands’ black, Asian and minority ethnic communities. These groups are under-represented in our organisation, which we want to reflect the diversity of our communities as much as possible. But the process is, of course, open to all. Discover more in our positive action section.

Other useful links!

Our Plan | Firefighters | About Us

Equality and Diversity

We recognise that many people experience inequality in society and the workplace. Therefore, we try to lead by example, taking individual and organisational steps to challenge prejudice and remove discrimination, and actively promoting a working environment that is conducive to good working relationships and which will ultimately benefit the communities we serve.

West Midlands Fire Service will not discriminate on any grounds that cannot be justified, including disability, marital status, gender or gender reassignment, age, religion or belief, sexual orientation, maternity/paternity, race or trade union membership.

We will also ensure that appropriate resources and training will be allocated to ensure that managers and staff are aware of their professional and personal responsibilities to each other and to the public they serve.

Our commitment to the ‘Public Sector Duties’ under the Equality Act 2010 and our own Core Values underpin all decisions we take and all actions of our employees in all areas of work including recruitment, employment and service delivery.

All employees are bound by our Core Values, Code of Conduct and Dignity at Work policy.

We encourage employees to recognise that equality is not about treating everybody the same, but recognising we are all individuals and unique in our own way. Equality and fairness is about recognising, accepting and valuing people’s unique individuality according to their needs. This often means that individuals may be treated differently, yet fairly, based on their needs.

For our full diversity policy and details on how we use positive action in our service, see our documents section for details.