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Work for WFRS

Job title: Wholetime Firefighter

Application opening date: 24 May 2021 at 09:00

Application closing date: 16 June 2021 at 12:00

Location: Countywide


  • Trainee (Phase 1): £23,833
  • Development (Phase 2) £24826
  • Competent (Phase 3) £31,767

NB. From Trainee to competent may be a period of 2 years.

Working pattern: Wholetime Firefighter - Full Time - Various Locations Job category/type Wholetime Firefighter

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.

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 career 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.

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, Gaydon and Alcester.

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.

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
  • have no previous experience working as an operational Firefighter (See Note below)

Please note: Successful applicants will be placed on the Operational Firefighter training programme after commencing employment with WFRS. The Operational Firefighter training programme is delivered by an approved external provider through the Operational Firefighter apprenticeship standard, and therefore is subject to government apprenticeship funding rules, which state that "the apprenticeship will allow the individual to acquire substantive new skills" and "can evidence that the content of the training is materially different from any prior qualification or a previous apprenticeship."

Due to this rule, applicants with any experience of already working as/training to become a firefighter may be deemed ineligible for full funding from the apprenticeship levy. Therefore, the WFRS apprenticeship pathway as described above is only available to candidates that are not currently working as, or have worked previously, as an operational firefighter. WFRS reserve the right to not continue the application of any applicant who is ineligible to be fully funded via the Operational Firefighter apprenticeship standard.

Our recruitment programme seeks to secure talent from a diverse background to provide the service with a range of skills and abilities. This includes different pathways for individuals who have previous operational experience, which will allow them to apply for vacancies in the future that are non-apprenticeship training related.

WFRS value the commitment and expertise of individuals with operational experience and would strongly encourage candidates who meet this criterion to apply as and when these alternative opportunities arise.

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:

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 2022

More information is available at our dedicated Warwickshire Fire and Rescue site.

If you have any further questions, please contact us at

How to apply

The application process is now closed as of 16 June 2021.