The role of a firefighter is incredibly rewarding and it’s changing. Not only do firefighters respond to fires and other emergencies, but they work on preventing them happening in the first place through education and safety messaging. Everyone at Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service prides themselves on putting our community first.
Our firefighters spend a lot of time out in the community conducting home safety checks in people’s homes, visiting businesses to improve their fire safety, and talking to people of all ages and from different backgrounds about fire prevention, road safety and other safety messages. They are also involved in open days and other events, encouraging people to consider how they can make their homes and businesses safer.
Who can become a firefighter
You need to be 18 years of age or older and reasonably fit and healthy with a combination of strength and stamina. Key skills we are looking for are resilience, confidence, good communication and a clear commitment to equality and diversity within our Service.
Full training is provided, for example you would learn how to use the latest equipment and techniques to undertake a wide range of duties from fire prevention, to animal rescues and dealing with floods and road traffic collisions. The role not only provides fantastic job satisfaction, but also opportunities for career progression – one day you could be the Chief Fire Officer!
The recruitment process has a number of stages.
|Application process||1 to 15 March 2018|
|Shortlisting||15 March to 27 April 2018|
|Written test||8 May and 16 May 2018|
|Aptitude testing||Week commencing 28 May 2018|
|Formal interviews||Week commencing 18 June 2018|
|Medicals||5 July and 12 July 2018|
|Successful applicants informed||20 July 2018|
|Recruits course||Week commencing 20 August 2018|
We have put together a film that gives you an insight into the type of tasks that you would be asked to do at the aptitude test.
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If you have any questions, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org.