Am I required to train for specialisms like technical rescue, water rescue or similar?

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While we encourage our staff to explore the different elements of their career as a firefighter, there is no requirement for a firefighter train, or work, in specialist teams, such as our technical rescue (which covers water rescue, rope rescue, confined space and height rescue) or other areas such as our Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) or International Search and Rescue (ISAR) teams.

Once a prospective candidate has been competent in the role of a firefighter for the necessary time, they’ll have the opportunity to apply for roles in specialist areas, as and when they become available, if they wish.