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Developing safe and competent firefighters

Specific training may vary between individual Fire Services. You will undergo a period of basic training managed by your Service Learning Development team. This training may take place within your Service or at the Fire Service College, which runs an 8-week intensive course that provides delegates with the foundation skills required to respond, prevent and adapt to the needs of the community they will serve.

The training is varied and demanding and may include:

  • Basic fire ground core skills including the use of a range of fire service pumps and associated equipment, working safely at height, Fire Service legislation, basic principles of building construction, trench collapse and confined space working.
  • Use of breathing apparatus to a safe and competent standard as a BA wearer in line with the current BA operational guidance.
  • First person on scene including an understanding of the principles of scene management.
  • Road traffic collisions (RTC) including a phased and casualty centred team approach.
  • Introduction to hazardous materials at an initial responder level.
  • Exposure to realistic scenarios.
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Ongoing training and development

Following your initial training you will be supported through an on-going continuous training and development programme managed by your fire service which includes training exercises, practical training sessions and other job related activities to maintain your competence levels. You will also need to maintain your fitness to an acceptable level. Some of these activities will contribute towards you acquiring accreditation's and formal qualifications that you need to undertake your role as a firefighter and to progress your career.


Have been through a robust recruitment and selection process.


Be fit for full operational duties in accordance with Service requirements


Attend with full fire kit, which conforms to current standards.


Be open to self-study, including team and individual project work. 

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