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Million pounds

The annual cost of fires in the UK

Percent of homes

The percentage of homes fitted with smoke alarms in the UK


Of all firefighters in the UK are on-call

What's it all about?

Right now, more than ever, we need more wholetime and on-call firefighters to help crew fire stations around the UK and if you meet the eligibility criteria, we've got vacancies across the country and an outstanding training package for people who can apply right now.

The Fire Service College in Moreton-in-Marsh, the home of firefighter development, has put together a world-class training package called the Firefighter Foundation Development Programme for both wholetime and on-call positions, designed to get you ready for immediate active service on the fire appliance and in the community from day one. Working in collaboration with the fire services across the UK, this takes up to 12 weeks of intensive training for wholetime recruits. For on-call recruits between 30 and 40 days spread over a number of weekends.

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Wholetime firefighters

As a wholetime firefighter you will be employed full time by your Service, working on a shift pattern which calls for working days, nights, evenings, weekends and public holidays.

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On-call firefighters

The majority of firefighters that protect the UK serve on a part-time basis according to their availability.

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What's in it for you?

Skills for life

Regardless of the work you might do as a firefighter, the course will give you new friends, new confidence and new skills that will benefit you and those around you.

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Do more, get more

By going the extra mile and giving your time and commitment you'll not only benefit your own self-esteem, but you'll gain the respect of those around you and you'll be rewarded each time you are called to help.

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Career path

There is a well-structured firefighter career path. All Services run the Integrated Personal Development System (IPDS) allowing you to plan and track career development.

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A day in the life of a firefighter

We've been out and about talking to people who have some involvement with the fire service, from Chief Fire Officers to serving firefighters, from employers to members of your communities and below you can see what they have to say about firefighters and what being part of this amazing service means to them.

Real life experience
On-call firefighters talk about their experiences.

Oxfordshire County Council Fire & Rescue Service
Simon Furlong, Chief Fire Officer, Oxfordshire Fire & Rescue Service says “Give it a go!”.

Come for the challenge, stay for the people
As a firefighter you'll get the very best training with the latest equipment, overcome new challenges and make friends for life along the way.

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Why we need you

Why you need a smoke alarm

In 2013-14 dwellings with no smoke alarm accounted for 38% of deaths in home fires in Great Britain, and nearly one fifth of deaths occurred where no smoke alarm worked.

Time to stop smoking

In 2013-14 more than a third of fire deaths in non-domestic buildings were caused by smokers’ materials or cigarette lighters.

Too many cooks

The main cause of accidental fires in dwellings remains the misuse of equipment or appliances, with 13,300 cases recorded in 2013-14.

Burning up the highway

In 2013-14, Fire and Rescue Services in Great Britain responded to 23,100 road vehicle fires.

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