The role of today’s Firefighter
What do you imagine when you think of a Firefighter?
The traditional image is perhaps of a Firefighter turning out in a fire engine with blue lights flashing and sirens wailing, heading to rescue people from a burning building.
Whilst this is still a small part of what we do, the demands of our fire service have changed considerably in recent times and the role and requirements of our Firefighters has changed too.
The types of emergencies we attend are more varied- road traffic collisions, people who are trapped, floods and storms, chemical spillages and the growing threat of terrorism are just some of what we are now trained to respond to. Thankfully, overall the number of incidents we attend is decreasing.
Our service is focusing more and more on prevention and protection work so that we can continue to reduce the number and impact of incidents in South Yorkshire. A major part of a Firefighter’s role is in contributing to this.
Our Firefighters spend a lot of their time out in the community delivering fire prevention advice and other safety messages. They visit people’s homes and talk to people about how they can plan to avoid and survive a fire if it occurs. This involves conducting home fire safety checks and fitting smoke alarms. They also deliver presentations and talks to school children, community groups and voluntary groups to educate and promote fire safety awareness.
South Yorkshire communities are diverse and we are working hard to meet their differing needs through the services we provide. Our Firefighters must be able to communicate effectively with varied individuals and groups- from older people, young adults and school children to religious groups and people from a variety of backgrounds and cultures. Treating people with dignity and respect is at the heart of what we do.
Types of Firefighter Roles
SYFR have two types of Firefighter roles; Wholetime Firefighters and On-call Firefighters.
Wholetime Firefighter – this is a full time role and for the majority of these Firefighters this will be their primary occupation. Wholetime Firefighters are required to work days, nights, evenings, weekends and public holidays on one of three duty systems. Details of these duty systems can be found in the Wholetime Firefighter Candidate Information Pack.
On-call Firefighter – this is a part-time role open to those who live and/or work within 5 minutes of an on-call fire station. With the exception of training sessions and pre-arranged duties, On-call Firefighters only attend their fire station when they receive an emergency call out via a pocket alerter. These Firefighters often have other occupations but commit to being on-call at certain times when they are able to drop whatever they are doing and get to their fire station within 5 minutes.
Further information, including everything you need to know about eligibility, the various recruitment stages, salary and the duties that make up these Firefighter roles, can be found within the Candidate Information Packs below.
Candidate Information Pack – Wholetime Firefighter Recruitment
Candidate Information Pack – On-Call Firefighter Recruitment
Firefighter Recruitment – FAQs
Information for Online Stages of Firefighter Recruitment
Exercise & Fitness Guidance
Personal Qualities and Attributes (PQAs)
Information for Online Recruitment Stages including Practice Tests
Online Recruitment Stages – Technical System Guidance for Candidates
South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue are not currently recruiting for Firefighters. However, if you wish to be kept informed of future recruitment campaigns and related events please register your interest here.
We are currently recruiting On-call Firefighters.
If you live and/or work within 5 minutes of one of the below stations and are interested in applying, please contact the RDS crews as below who will be glad to arrange a station visit to discuss this.
Askern (DN6 0JX)
Drill nights: Tuesday 18:00 – 20:00 and Thursday 18:00 – 21:00
Birley Moor (S20 5FA)
Drill nights: Tuesday 18:00 – 20:00, Thursday 18:00 – 20:00
Cudworth (S71 5SA)
Drill nights: Wednesday 18:00 – 21:00, Saturday 09:00 – 12:00
Dearne (S63 5DN)
Drill nights: Tuesday 17:00 – 19:00, Thursday 17:00 – 19:00 and Saturday 10:00 – 12:00
Penistone (S36 6HN)
Drill night: Wednesday 18:30 – 20:30
Rossington (DN11 0PN)
Drill nights: Tuesday 19:00 – 21:00 and Thursday 19:00 – 21:00
Stocksbridge (S36 1DH)
Drill nights: Wednesday 17:00 – 20:00 and Saturday 08:00 – 11:00