We are a signatory of the Armed Forces Covenant and have policies in place to support those who are reservists or ex-serving personnel working for us.
We welcome applications from serving personnel or those who have served previously.
We recognise the value serving personnel, both regular and reserve, veterans, military families and cadet forces contribute to our organisation and the country. Therefore, will endeavour to uphold the key principles of the Armed Forces Covenant, which are:
You can see our full covenant pledge on the gov.uk website.
We operate a rolling recruitment programme, running five trainee firefighter courses a year.
We aim to recruit around 80 new firefighters annually to serve our communities.
Due to our rolling programme, our recruitment is always open currently and you can apply via our Become a firefighter page
If you were unsuccessful in an application to be a firefighter with us, you can apply again in 12 months from your notification from us that you were not successful.
Due to the application process requiring a national insurance number, which you would have already entered on your previous application, the system may show an error stating the NI number has already been used. If you experience this difficulty, please email our recruitment team at email@example.com with your details and this can be reset for you.
Most of our operational firefighters work a standard shift pattern from 08:00 until 18:00 on a 'tour' of two days, two nights then four days off.
Each crew typically has 4 watches, which are identified by different colours - Red, Green, Blue and White.
Each core watch follows the same pattern of two days, two nights then four days off, but the starting days are staggered for each watch so we have cover 24 hours a day 7 days a week.
For example, Red Watch might start their tour on Monday, Green Watch would start on Wednesday and so on.
We also have 'lates' crews that work at some of our stations and they work 4 days on and 4 days off, working 10:00-22:00 each working day. The 'lates' watch colours are Orange and Purple.
Our recruitment process is done in cycles, so there can be a wait time of up to 8-10 weeks between each cycle. While we work as quickly as we can to process the different stages of application, assessment days and so on, we get a large number of applicants so different stages can take longer than expected. If you have sent in an application, please be patient.
We apologise for any delay and rest assured the team will be in touch as soon as they can.
When trying to apply to be a firefighter for us, you need to enter a national insurance number. If you've applied before, you may get an error saying your national insurance number has already been used and won't allow you to continue.
Our teams can unlock this for you, provided the appropriate time has passed since your previous application. Please email your details and the issue you're experiencing to firstname.lastname@example.org and they can do this for you.
We have a policy which prohibits the use of drugs, alcohol and smoking in all of our premises.
We have a policy on secondary employment. Employees can’t have a second job without first obtaining written approval from us.