South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue

South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue
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Wholetime Recruitment

When are you next recruiting for wholetime firefighters?

We are not currently recruiting for wholetime firefighters but expect to be running another recruitment process during 2021 at some point. Should you be interested in a career with us, you can register your interest to be informed as soon as we open up for applications again. Until that point there is a range of information below that will help you with any application and process.

Please note – if you are currently going through the system following our October 2020 recruitment you must be available for all the sessions outlined in this recruitment timeline. Should you be unavailable for any of these dates, it may not be possible to process your application – please contact us via with any questions and we will help as much as we can.

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 and community groups.

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.

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.

Useful information

Candidate Information Pack – Wholetime Firefighter
Candidate Information Pack – On-Call Firefighter
Salary, Benefits and Career Progression
Firefighter Recruitment – FAQs
Information for Online Recruitment Stages
Exercise & Fitness Guidance
Personal Qualities and Attributes (PQAs)
Online Recruitment Stages – Practise Tests 
Online Recruitment Stages – Technical Guidance
Behavioural Styles Questionnaire (BSQ) Information
Situational Judgement Test (SJT) Information

This content was last updated on December 09th, 2020