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The role of a wholetime firefighter can sometimes be quite different from what you might expect. You’ll probably know that we work shifts to ensure we always have crews available when the public need us, often carrying out our duties in arduous, highly stressful conditions while also providing reassurance and guidance to those whom we are helping.

To keep ourselves effective, it’s no surprise that we spend a lot of time training, but did you know that we also;

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

If you’re still reading, that’s a good sign; it means you are still interested!

If you have compassion and a genuine desire to help others, are a strong team player who treats others with dignity and respect, if you hold yourself to high standards of integrity and demonstrate a solid level of resilience, you might be the person we are looking for.

Whilst we are a uniformed, disciplined service our goal is to be fully inclusive and representative of Warwickshire’s diverse population and we welcome applications from all sections of the community. If you think the role of a modern firefighter might be for you, whatever your background, we’d love to hear from you and, if you’ve got what it takes, we look forward to welcoming you into our team.

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.

To be considered you must:

  • be 18 years of age (at the beginning of your training course)
  • hold a full, current UK Driving Licence
  • have the ability to converse at ease with members of the public and provide advice in accurate spoken English

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.

For current Retained Firefighters currently working for Warwickshire Fire and Rescue: you will follow the same recruitment process, please apply without delay.

How to apply

Applications for this position for 2019 are now closed.

What happens after I apply?

If you are successful at the 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:

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, written tests, medical examinations (all applicants will be considered, irrespective of current or past medical conditions) and tests of physical strength (using ladders, hoses and other equipment which are essential to firefighters).

Schedule of events

  • Closing Date: 30 April 2019
  • Psychometric Tests: 1 to 20 May 2019
  • Written Tests and Chester Step Test: W/C 3 June 2019
  • Physical Tests: W/C 17 June 2019
  • Interviews: 1 to 12 July 2019
  • Uniform Fitting: 3 August 2019
  • Day 1 of Training: 9 September 2019

If you have any further questions, please contact us at [email protected] or 01926 738444.