How to become a wholetime firefighter

Find out how to apply to become a wholetime firefighter with Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service.

A wholetime firefighter is someone who has a full-time job with Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service.

The role of a firefighter is rewarding. They respond to fires, rescues and other emergencies, as well as working on prevention through education and fire safety messages.

Everyone at Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service prides themselves on putting our community first. This includes:

  • carrying out home safety checks or visiting businesses to explain about fire safety
  • making people of all ages and from different backgrounds aware of fire prevention and road safety
  • attending open days and events

What are we looking for?

Here are some of qualities and attributes we look for in a firefighter:

  • trustworthy and reliable
  • able to understand and respect diversity and adopt a fair and ethical approach to others
  • open to change and actively seek to support it
  • an effective communicator, both verbally and in writing
  • willing to work scheduled shifts including nights, weekends and public holidays
  • able to understand, retain, apply and adapt relevant information in an organised, safe and systematic way
  • able to work effectively with others, both within the fire and rescue service and the community
  • able to maintain an active awareness of the environment to promote safe and effective working
  • committed to work and able to develop yourself and others
  • able to adopt a conscientious and proactive approach to work to achieve excellent standards
  • able to maintain a confident and resilient attitude in highly challenging situations

Learn more at Suffolk Firefighters website