Firefighter Salary and Benefits

There are many benefits to working for West Midlands Fire Service. Here's the details on firefighter salary and benefits.



There are many benefits to working for West Midlands Fire Service - job satisfaction and an extensive career structure, just for starters.

We also offer real promotion prospects. To progress, you’ll need to develop your skills and demonstrate a level of competency within your current role, before taking part in an assessment and interview process to determine your suitability for a new role.

Any skills, qualifications or experience you bring into the service may be relevant when you’re working towards a promotion or a move into a specialised role.

Most of our stations also benefits from an on site gym and there's a range of discounts available to emergency services staff from a variety of retailers.

A firefighter candidate carrying hose reel
A firefighter candidate carrying hose reel

Occupational Health

The physical, mental and emotional wellbeing of all of our staff is paramount, so we can provide an excellent emergency service to our communities.

Our Occupational Health team offers a friendly, confidential service for all employees. We have qualified occupational health practitioners, a fitness adviser and qualified administrators who all work in the health and welfare area.

They promote and maintain good physical and mental health, and provide periodic health reviews, fitness and welfare advice and confidential counselling.

Services include employee discount schemes, physiotherapy, pre-retirement courses, critical incident debriefing and access to the facilities of The Fire Fighters Charity.

Annual Leave

A firefighter has 22 days’ annual leave a year, with an additional three days after five years of service, plus eight Bank Holidays.


The current salary for a newly-appointed firefighter after completing initial training is around £27,000 rising to around £36,000 when competent.


The firefighter pension scheme is an excellent benefit on retirement. A firefighter contributes 10% of their salary a month into the scheme.