Firefighter career guide

Day in the life of a Firefighter

Welcome to our Firefighter career guide.

How to become a firefighter

(1) Entry-level requirements

One can undertake Level 2 or 3 Diploma in the public services for applying for the position of a Firefighter. Entry requirements also include at least 2 GCSEs at grades 9 to 3 (A* to D) or any equivalent requirement for level 2 course. 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) or any equivalent requirement would be needed for level 3 course. One also has to pass an online test for the assessment of judgement ability in real work settings and reading and number tests.  

(2) Day-in-the-life

The job duties of a firefighter include inspection and maintenance of equipment and undertaking practice drills for fire services. It also has to be responsive to emergency calls and rescue people, animals from accidents sides and burning buildings. They also have to deal with floods and bomb alerts and put out property fires. They also inspect buildings for ensuring that they are meeting regulations of fire safety. 

(3) Career path 

A Firefighter can work its way up to being a crew manager or station manager with experience and training. One can also move between different services and become Brigade manager or area manager. You can undertake professional qualifications to become a member of the Institution of Fire Engineers (IFE).

 (4) Job opportunities

Apprenticeship vacancies are available online job portals and ‘Find an apprenticeship service’ can be helpful to find firefighter related jobs and to get alerts about new apprenticeships. 

(5) Where to find more information

For further information, ‘local fire and rescue service’ can be contacted for careers and firefighters and the recruitment packs.

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Fire-fighter Career Tests

Firefighters call their tests ‘working with numbers’, ‘understanding information’ and ‘situational awareness and problem-solving’ – but these all align very much with the standard tests mentioned above. If you’re going through the Fire-fighter selection process you will also need to partake in physical ability tests. Some fire brigades also require candidates to sit a personality 

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