I'm dyslexic; will I be able to cope with the written tests?
Dyslexia is classed as a disability and you will be asked if you have a disability as part of the recruitment process. At the time of applying, you should contact Human Resources Department to discuss any reasonable adjustments you wish us to consider making.
Do I have to be a certain height or weight to apply?
No. Candidates will be expected to pass strength and fitness tests as part of the recruitment process and these are at a level achievable for both men and women of all different sizes and builds.
Will having a criminal record prevent me from applying?
You are required to declare any convictions for offences that are not spent under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974. This includes any offences dealt with by a court of law, HM Services' disciplinary procedures and any driving offences. Having a criminal record will not necessarily prevent you from working for us. If you have a conviction the Service will consider its nature, its relevance to the role of firefighter, the sentence, patterns of offending and the length of time since the offence.
Can I choose which Station to work at?
Unfortunately not. Candidates will be placed at Stations where there are vacancies.
I have a beard for religious reasons; will I have to shave it off in order to be a firefighter?
Possibly, yes. The Service respects everyone's religious beliefs but there are health and safety reasons as to why facial hair cannot be accepted.
As a firefighter you will be required to wear a facemask when you are wearing breathing apparatus. To ensure that the facemask forms a seal around the face, it is necessary to keep the face shaven where the facemask seals to prevent any dangerous airborne chemicals entering the facemask. We have more detailed information about the styles of facial hair that are considered acceptable upon request.
I wear glasses / have had laser eye surgery, can I apply?
Yes. Part of the recruitment process will include a medical and this will include an eye test. Our Occupational Health Physician will determine whether your vision meets the standards to become a firefighter. You will be required to take up to date eyesight test results to your medical appointment.
I have a disability, can I apply?
Yes, anyone who considers they have a disability can apply to join the fire service.
You will be asked if you have a disability as part of the recruitment process and to provide details of any adjustments that you may require to take part in the selection process and to fulfil the role of a firefighter. Each case will be considered on an individual basis and if reasonable adjustments can be made, your application will proceed.
Can I have a second job?
Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service has a policy for Secondary Employment. Employees cannot engage in this without first requesting and obtaining written approval.
What is the minimum age you can apply to become a Firefighter?
You must be at least 18 years of age at the start of the training course.
What is the maximum age you can apply to become a Firefighter?
There is no maximum age.
What is the salary of a Firefighter?
Full details of the salary can be found by clicking on 'Working Patterns'
Will I be provided with uniform?
All new firefighters are issued with uniform and kit before the initial training course starts. Part of the training course is how to look after this equipment.
Kit includes a 'duty rig' uniform which is the uniform that will be worn whilst on duty, and full firefighting kit, including helmet and boots, which is used whilst carrying out training and when attending incidents.
Will I have to pay for my uniform?
Uniform is provided free of charge, including any Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) that is issued.
What are the hours of work and duty systems?
LFRS have a number of duty systems. Full details can be found by clicking on 'Working Patterns'
What Annual Leave will I get?
Details about the Annual Leave allocation can be found by clicking on 'Terms and Conditions'
Where are the locations of the fire stations in Lancashire?
Locations of all our fire stations are on our website. You must be prepared to work anywhere within Lancashire Fire & Rescue Service. Some of our fire stations require you to live within 5 minutes of the station, so you may need to relocate. These are our 'Day Crewing' stations.
Can I join a fire service pension scheme?
Yes, there is a pension scheme, details of which are given to successful candidates.
Is there a requirement for a driving licence?
Yes, the Service requires wholetime firefighters to provide cover anywhere in the County at short notice, therefore we ask for a driving licence as part of the essential criteria.
I'm learning to drive at the moment, and have my test booked for in a few months' time. Can I still apply?
In order to apply to become a firefighter, you must have a full and current driving licence that entitles you to drive in the UK without restrictions.
Do I have to be a British Citizen?
You can be of any nationality to apply, provided that you have the permanent right to remain without restriction in the UK. EU citizens are automatically eligible to apply. You will be required to supply evidence of your right to work in the UK during the recruitment process.
Is it OK to have a tattoo or body piercing?
In the interests of health and safety, all piercings must be removed before starting operational duty. Tattoos are acceptable providing they could not be deemed as offensive. Tattoos are automatically unacceptable if they are rude, crude, racist, sexist, sectarian, homophobic or violent.
Is there a requirement to be able to swim?
What if I can't make an assessment date or the training course dates?
The dates of the assessments and training course dates will be made known at the beginning of the recruitment process. If you are unable to make any of the dates you will not be able to continue with the process.
What will happen if I forget to attend or arrive late to any of the assessments?
You will be withdrawn from the recruitment process.
What will happen if I forget to bring photographic ID and any requested documentation to assessments or interviews?
We need to ensure that the person we are assessing is the person that is applying for the role of wholetime firefighter; therefore if you do not bring photographic ID to each stage of the process you will be withdrawn from the recruitment process.
Where can I get an application form?
The application process will be detailed on our website once recruitment commences.
Will there be a holding list for applicants who meet the criteria but are not successful?
We do not anticipate having one, however, if it's decided that we will, it will be held for a finite period of time.
I've recently passed the National Firefighter Selection process with a different Fire and Rescue Service and I am on their holding list. Would I still need to apply and go through your recruitment process?
Yes. Our processes may differ from those used within other Fire and Rescue Services and in the interests of fairness, it is vital that all candidates have been assessed in the same way.
What do firefighters actually do, apart from putting out fires?
The emphasis for us is on prevention, which means that firefighters contribute to educating the community about the importance of fire safety; working with local communities and local businesses. They also deal with other types of emergency – road, rail or air traffic accidents; floods, chemical spills, rescuing people or animals. They also spend time training and doing routine activities such as checking equipment. Please review the website fully to obtain more information about what firefighters do.
Are there any career prospects?
Yes, there are opportunities and a clear path for development and promotion. This could be in terms of moving into a specialist area such as Protection, for instance as a Fire Safety Enforcement Officer, or becoming a manager in an operational post, ie Crew Manager, Watch Manager and so on.
How many jobs are there?
The number of vacancies available depends on a number of factors, such as retirement rates and Service requirements. We are unable to provide specific numbers at this stage.
What if I have a medical issue?
Decisions relating to whether or not your medical issue will prevent you from becoming a firefighter can only be made following a detailed and individual assessment with our Occupational Health Unit (OHU).
What if I have Asthma?
It won't necessarily prevent you from becoming a firefighter. Your condition will be assessed at the medical stage by our OHU.
Do I have to be fit to apply?
You will need to be physically fit and maintain your levels of fitness throughout a career as a firefighter. You will be required to undertake a fitness test (bleep test) to determine your aerobic capacity which needs to be 45.2 VO2 Max
I am already a wholetime firefighter in another fire and rescue service; do I need to go through all the assessments?
Yes, you will be expected to complete the application process in the same was as anyone else.
What if I'm a retained (on-call) firefighter in another fire and rescue service?
You will be expected to complete the application process in the same way as anyone else. If you were successful with LFRS and wished to continue with the other FRS, you would have to make a request for secondary employment.
Will Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service be accepting any external competent firefighter transfers?
No, we are not accepting any external transfers