Wholetime firefighters


We are not currently recruiting for wholetime firefighters, but you may be interested in our retained firefighter role.

Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service is a highly trained, professional and disciplined service.

A career as a firefighter is attractive to many women and men, and Warwickshire County Council receives hundreds of enquiries every year. Therefore, the selection process is very competitive. Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service welcomes applications from under-represented minorities.

Warwickshire 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.

Recruitment requirements

All applicants to the Fire Service must be able to fulfil the following requirements or meet the relevant criteria:

  • Be at least 18 years old
  • All applicants will be considered, irrespective of current or past medical conditions
  • A full medical assessment and risk assessment will be carried out to determine suitability
  • Pass selection tests, including written tests, medical examination and test of physical strength using ladders, hoses and other equipment which are essential to firefighters
  • Applicants will be interviewed to see if they possess the character and personal qualities required of a firefighter.

Recruits course

Recruit firefighters undergo a thirteen week residential basic training course at the West Midlands Training Centre. Recruits must make satisfactory progress and pass the written, verbal and practical tests throughout the course. After training the recruit will be assigned a station to commence their probationary period.

Probationary period

Firefighters must serve a minimum 3 years training programme on appointment to the service before their appointment is confirmed.

Hours of work

Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service utilises a number of different shift systems to provide the best standard of cover to the communities it serves.

Equal opportunities

Applications are welcomed from all men and women who meet the entry requirements.