Wholetime Firefighter (May 2021)

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Warwickshire County Wide
Trainee (Phase 1): £23,833Development (Phase 2) £24826Competent (Phase 3) £31,767
27 May 2021
16 Jun 2021
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Yes you can…..

Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service’s firefighters play a huge part in their Communities. We help make Warwickshire be the best it can be by supporting communities, individuals and businesses to stay safe.

Members of our communities value the services we offer and we are recruiting new members to our great team now. We support our communities in many different ways, ranging from prevention work through to responding to incidents.

No previous experience is necessary, but applicants will need to have a strong desire to support the local community, an enthusiasm for working as part of a team, as well as a desire to learn and develop new skills.


The role of a firefighter is wider than responding to emergencies. Some of the other areas of work include:

  • Safe and Well checks for vulnerable people across the community
  • Educating young drivers to help minimise the risk of accident and injury
  • Workplace fire safety inspections to help reduce risk across the Warwickshire
  • Supporting our blue light colleagues in Ambulance and Police, from dealing with medical emergencies and searching for missing people to dealing with Road Traffic Collisions
  • Road and Fire Safety presentations at schools and local events
  • Rescuing both people and animals when they are facing real danger, wherever they may be. These might be rescues from height, confined spaces or water

Of course, we do respond to emergencies and as part of your development you will learn new skills and techniques that help keep you safe. Firefighters learn a great deal throughout their career as part of their ongoing development and successful applicants will need to be committed to their personal development.


We are looking for people who share our values and who continually demonstrate these values in their behaviours:

  • High performing
  • Collaborative
  • Customer focused
  • Accountable
  • Trustworthy

So if you’re interested in a job that provides varied work activities, supported by training and development opportunities, a career within Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service is for you.

We recognise that diversity is a strength, helping us to better connect with and serve our local communities, so we welcome applications from all members of the community. We are dedicated to enabling each employee to be the best they can be, and committed to equality, diversity and inclusion. Read more about inclusion in our recruitment here.

As a member of Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service, you’ll support communities and make a real difference to people’s lives.

It’s an exciting time to be a part of our Service and if you think you’ve got what it takes to become a Wholetime Firefighter, we want to hear from you.

What else do I need to know?

Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service has a number of Stations that provide wholetime cover (24 hours a day/seven days a week) in Nuneaton, Rugby, Leamington, Stratford, Coleshill, Atherstone and Gaydon.

You will be placed at stations where there are vacancies, but it's worthwhile being aware that our firefighters may also be required to transfer and work at other stations in the county.

Further information on the different types of shift systems can be found on our recruitment webpage.

Wholetime Firefighter Candidate Pack

To be considered you must:

  • be 18 years of age (at the beginning of your training course)
  • A full driving licence is essential to become a Wholetime Firefighter, but not essential initially on this occasion due to past COVID-19 restrictions causing delays. If you are successful, it is on the condition that you would obtain a full driving licence within twelve months of joining the service.
  • have the ability to communicate at ease with members of the public

We anticipate significant levels of interest in these posts; it is strongly encouraged that you apply as soon as you possibly can, in order to be considered.

This application is for anyone who doesn’t have any experience as an operational firefighter. Other recruitment campaigns will be run in the future to account for anyone wishing to transfer into our Service.

What happens after I apply?

If you are successful at application stage, you will need to pass some psychometric selection tests. The assessments are administered online; you can find out more about these types of assessment and have a go at some practice questions by visiting -

Verbal Reasoning Practice Tests
Numerical Practice Tests

If you pass the initial application and then the psychometric assessments, you'll proceed to the next stages in the selection process within the coming weeks. This will involve interviews, role related tests, medical examinations (all applicants will be considered, irrespective of current or past medical conditions) and tests of physical fitness.


Schedule of events


  • Closing Date – 16 June 2021
  • Behavioural Questionnaire (Online) 21 June – 27 June
  • Situational Judgement (Online) 30 June – 6 July 2021
  • Fire & Rescue Ability Tests – 9 July – 15 July 2021
  • Interviews – 2 August – 13 August 2021
  • Role Related Tests – 23 August – 27 August 2021
  • Occ Health Medical & Fitness Test – 6 September – 17 September 2021
  • Pre-Employment Checks 7 September – 8 September 2021
  • PPE & Uniform Fitting – WC 6 September 2021 
  • Initial Recruits Course 1 – 25 October – 17 December 2021
  • Initial Recruits Course 2 – 3 January – 25 February 2021


More information is available at our dedicated Warwickshire Fire and Rescue site - https://www.warwickshire.gov.uk/wholetimefirefighters

If you have any further questions, please contact us at FFrecruitment@warwickshire.gov.uk.


How do I apply?


To apply to become a Wholetime Firefighter please click here


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