More than fire

Understanding the wider role of a firefighter

The role of a Firefighter

The role of a firefighter is exciting, varied, challenging and every day is different. You can read about the various elements of the role here to find out if it's the career for you!

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Prevention and Education

  • Prevent fire and accidents from starting in the first place
  • Working empathetically to help and care for people in your community
  • Delivering Safe and Well visits and advising people about risks to their safety, health and wellbeing

Working within the community

  • Making communities safer by visiting people in their own homes and local venues to deliver fire safety messages.
  • Actively seeking to understand and to value diverse individuals and groups, working with partner agencies to reduce vulnerability.
  • Visiting schools to deliver a bespoke safety education package.

Training and Development

  • Undertake a continuous training programme of lectures, exercises, practical training sessions and other forms of training to maintain competency levels
  • Take responsibility for developing your own skills
  • Ensuring your fitness levels are maintained, as the work can be both physically and mentally demanding

Responding to emergencies

  • Responding safely, effectively, and assertively to incidents. Some of these may be challenging and distressing.
  • Dealing with a wide variety of emergencies, not just fires, such as flooding, road traffic collisions, chemical incidents, and rescues from entrapment with trauma care to name but a few.

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