Firefighters must be well trained, skilled and knowledgeable if they are to work safely and effectively in the wide range of operational incidents they are called upon to attend.

Initial training gives new firefighters the necessary basic core competencies to enable them to safely attend incidents. Training is delivered in a number of modules spread out over a firefighters first three years of service – although some on-call firefighters are able to complete the programme more quickly than this. The main modules undertaken are:

  • On-call firefighter initial.
  • Breathing apparatus initial.
  • Fire behaviour and tactical firefighting development.
  • Tactical ventilation (PPV) initial.
  • Road traffic collision (RTC) development.
  • Hazardous materials and environmental protection.
  • Safe working at height; level 1.
  • Water rescue.
  • Manual handling; and
  • Radio communication.

Unit accreditation of units three and four of the ‘Firefighters NVQ’ (Save and Preserve Endangered Life and Resolve Operational Incidents) will also be undertaken during your first three years.

Ongoing training involves firefighters attending their station for a two-hour drill (training) period once a week during the evening.