We are not currently recruiting for Wholetime Firefighters. Please continue to check the website for information about recruitment campaigns and details of how to apply
Further information on the National Firefighter Recruitment Process can be obtained by visiting the Skills for Justice website.
South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue is an Equal Opportunities Employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.
The Role of a Firefighter
Traditionally, firefighters are seen dealing with fires and rescuing people from burning buildings. However, today the role of a firefighter is not just about putting out fires. Firefighters attend a wide range of incidents including road traffic collisions, chemical spillages, rescuing people who are trapped and dealing with new threats associated with terrorism.
Today's Fire Service has an equally important role within the community. Firefighters are extensively involved in community fire safety work. This preventative work recognises that the best way of fighting fire is to stop it ever starting. This aim is achieved in a variety of ways, but is primarily focused on educating and informing the public.
As a firefighter, you would find yourself involved with schools, community groups, voluntary groups and other statutory bodies, to name a few. So being able to communicate effectively to varied individuals and groups is important, as is treating people with dignity and respect irrespective of their backgrounds and cultures.
You could make a real difference by helping to make your community a safer and better place in which to live and work, whilst enjoying the rewards and challenges associated with the role of a firefighter.
If you wish to become a firefighter you must be of good character and fulfil the following minimum requirements, which are recommended by the Home Office:
• Be at least 18 years of age on appointment.
• Be fit and able to pass a stringent medical examination and be able to pass a strength test. Applications are encouraged from candidates who are covered by the Disability Discrimination Act (1995). These will be considered on an individual basis assessing the candidate's skills and experience to be a firefighter and in relation to the Service's ability to make reasonable adjustments.
• Be able to pass a series of educational tests examining written, verbal, numerical and mechanical skills.
• Eyesight standards have recently changed and perfect vision without aid is not essential. However, suitability depends on the prescription used. An optician's report would be required as part of the process and each case would be looked at on an individual basis. No candidate would be considered within 12 months of receiving laser treatment.
• Be able pass a drugs (including anabolic steroids) and alcohol test in line with our Substance Misuse Policy.
Personal Qualities & Attributes (PQAs)
The key Personal Qualities and Attributes needed to be a successful firefighter are:
• Working with Others - works effectively with others both within the Fire Service and the community.
• Commitment to Diversity and Integrity - understands and respects diversity and adopts a fair and ethical approach to others.
• Confidence and Resilience - maintains a confident and resilient attitude in highly challenging situations.
• Commitment to Excellence - adopts a conscientious and proactive approach to work to achieve and maintain excellent standards.
• Commitment to Development - committed to and able to develop self and others.
• Situational Awareness - maintains an active awareness of the environment to promote safe and effective working.
• Openness to Change - is open to change and actively seeks to support it within the Fire Service and in the community.
For further information on PQAs please click here.
Firefighters working on the Wholetime Duty System
Working as a firefighter on the Wholetime Duty System is a full-time job. Firefighters work on a rotating shift basis to provide the county of South Yorkshire with emergency cover 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Within South Yorkshire there are currently 17 Fire Stations that offer the opportunity to work on the Wholetime Duty System. For details of the stations please click here.