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Wholetime Firefighter


Are you serious about fire safety, passionate about helping people and able to demonstrate the skills relevant to being a modern day Firefighter? Then read on….

Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service is now recruiting Wholetime Firefighters

This is an ongoing advert with no closing date.
This is an exciting opportunity for enthusiastic, dedicated individuals who share our values, to embark on a career in the fire service. Our organisation would not exist without our firefighters who work in an extremely demanding, challenging yet rewarding role. 

Everyone has their own idea of what a Firefighter does – the truth is that putting out fires is only a small element of what our successful applicants will need to do.   our Firefighters respond to a whole range of emergencies that may also  include road traffic collisions, flooding and other natural disasters. Firefighters also carry out really important work in community safety, talking and listening to people, getting involved and sharing knowledge and preventing emergencies before they happen in order to save lives.  

Individuals who are successful in this process will be employed as an apprentice Firefighter. We are proud to be part of the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education Programme, which provides valuable opportunities for apprentices to develop work related skills and experiences, and gain a qualification.  The scheme also allows apprentices to play an important role in helping us provide a service to our communities. ; You will undertake the training programme alongside working as an operational firefighter which will form the journey for you to become a fully competent wholetime firefighter.


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Eligibility criteria
There are certain eligibility criteria that you will need to meet before you apply, please review this carefully.

The selection process
Our selection process is rigorous and is designed to assess your potential to carry out this challenging role. The selection process is broken down into a number of stages and each requires dedication and commitment. Full details on the selection process can be found on our wholetime recruitment web pages website. Applicants are encouraged to review this detailed information which includes some frequently asked questions. 

What you can expect
In addition to job satisfaction and the pride linked to working with Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service, you will have access to a wide range of benefits, which include: a competitive salary and pension scheme; a generous leave entitlement and working pattern which promotes a work life balance, excellent training and career opportunities and a variety of supportive health and wellbeing provisions.


Our values

As a Service and as individuals we are: 

  • Proud to Help
  • Honest
  • Respectful
  • Working Together

Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service recognise and celebrate the vast diversity of the local communities that we serve and aspire for this to be reflected within our workforce. We encourage candidates from diverse backgrounds, experience and beliefs, who share our Values and want to make a difference in the community, to consider working for us.

Interested? Please see the briefing note at the bottom of this advert for full details on submitting your application form and for additional information on the first step of this recruitment journey.

When you are ready to apply click on the 'Apply Now' button to complete our application form.

Please note: We ask that you remain patient and request that you do not contact us to check on the status of your application. We are expecting a large number of applications and will not be able to respond to the volume of enquiries received. We are also anticipating that it may take longer to progress candidates through some elements of the selection process due to the COVID secure related restrictions which will need to be in place.

We assure you that we will provide regular updates and contact you as and when we are ready to progress your application. You should be able to find many answers to queries you may have about the process on the wholetime recruitment section of our website.

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Briefing Notes on Stage 1 - Application form.pdf

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