Firefighters are ordinary people who do extraordinary things, helping to keep our communities safe.
Could you be a firefighter?
Firefighters are ordinary people who do extraordinary things - all for the benefit of their communities.
Traditionally, firefighters are seen as responding to fires and rescuing people.
But most of their time is actually dedicated to community fire safety activities, which we call ‘prevention’. The best way to fight fire is to stop it starting in the first place - mainly by educating and informing the public.
As a firefighter you’ll find yourself working with schools, community groups and other organisations. Being able to communicate effectively with a wide variety of people is important. As is treating everyone with dignity and respect.
You’ll also need to support members of the public when they’re distressed and confused, show empathy, solve problems and use your initiative.
To become a West Midlands Fire Service (WMFS) firefighter you must:
be at least 18 when you apply
live in the area we cover (postcode and proof of address will be required)
be physically fit to meet the requirements of the role.
The role of a firefighter
The role of a firefighter is exciting, varied and challenging. Every day is different. Their work falls into three key categories:
Our firefighters have a key part in educating our communities, to try to make everyone safer, stronger and healthier.
They spend a considerable amount of their day carrying our Safe and Well visits to vulnerable people’s homes, delivering safety sessions at schools and visiting local businesses to deliver our Safe and Strong service.
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