South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue

South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue
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Wholetime recruitment

Wholetime recruitment is now closed for applications.

Wholetime recruitment

Our wholetime firefighters are the beating heart of our service – providing fire cover to South Yorkshire across 17 fire stations.

Known more commonly as full-time firefighters, our operational staff are trained to the highest possible standard, ensuring they are ready and able to respond to emergencies across the county.

Yet, whilst we know the image of a firefighter is still that of someone running into burning buildings to rescue people, the role of a firefighter has changed considerably in recent years.

First and foremost, 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.

Secondly, our firefighters are now spending more time than ever out in the community delivering fire prevention advice. They visit people’s homes and schools on a daily basis, fitting smoke alarms and providing potentially life-saving advice.

This is why it’s vital we recruit a wide, diverse range of people for our operational roles – so we can continue to provide a first class service to the people of South Yorkshire.

All our staff, operational or otherwise, are bound by our three core behaviours – honesty, integrity, respect – as they work to deliver our organisational purpose of making South Yorkshire a safer and stronger place.

Within these pages you can find a wealth of information on what a firefighter’s role now involves, how you can apply for an operational career with us and how you can give yourself the best chance of landing what we truly believe is the best job in the world.

Anyone can be anything

Firefighter roles within South Yorkshire

South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue has 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.

Job related tests

Prior to starting your firefighter course, you must pass a series of job related tests. These are all demonstrated and explained in the below videos series:

Getting firefighter fit

So you’ve applied, and now you need to get ready for the tests and, potentially, your firefighter training course?

Don’t worry – we’ve created these videos to show you what you need to do…

Useful information

Wholetime Firefighter Recruitment – Candidate Information Pack
Firefighter Recruitment – Candidate FAQs
Salary, Benefits and Career Progression (July 2023)
Online Recruitment – Candidate Information Pack
Exercise, Fitness, and Nutrition Guidance
Behavioural Styles Questionnaire (BSQ) Information
Situational Judgement Test (SJT) Information
Apollo Online Tests – Guide for Participants
Firefighter role map
NFCC Leadership Framework

Equal opportunities

We are committed to cultivating a diverse and inclusive workplace where every individual feels valued, respected, and empowered to contribute their unique perspectives and talents. We warmly welcome applications from individuals who identify with underrepresented groups within our workforce, including individuals from Minority Ethnic backgrounds, women, those who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, or Transgender (LGBT+), and individuals with disabilities. In addition, we will look to support anyone who requires Part Time/Job share working hours. We believe that a diverse workforce leads to innovation, creativity, and better decision-making, and we are dedicated to creating an environment where everyone can thrive.

Entry requirements

To be considered for the role of a wholetime firefighter in SYFR, you must:

  • Be eligible to work in the United Kingdom
  • Be 18 years of age by the time your training course starts
  • Live within our service boundary (map available in candidate information pack) both at the time of application and at point of entry to the service (your start date of employment with SYFR) – the exception to this is Armed Forces personnel who are currently serving or have served within the last three years (or the immediate family of somebody who serves or has served) – see FAQ documents for further details
  • Be physically fit to meet the requirements of the role and medical examination
  • Be comfortable working at height, in confined spaces and around water
  • Be able to demonstrate reading, writing and numerical skills to meet the requirements of the role
  • You must also be committed to maintaining and developing new skills, and studying on top of your normal working days

This content was last updated on June 17th, 2024