Being a wholetime firefighter is an immensely rewarding role and there are lots of opportunities for firefighters to progress in their career to a range of managerial and specialist roles.
The recruitment process for March 2017 has now closed, however, we anticipate the next recruitment process will begin in Autumn 2017. Firefighter recruitment is always competitive; with an extremely high number of applicants, so only the highest performing individuals at each stage of the selection process progress to the next level.
If you're interested in applying for a role please read the information, which can be accessed by the links on the left hand side, to help you prepare.
In Lancashire, the majority of our firefighters are wholetime firefighters who work different shift systems depending on their station's risk profile. The role is sometimes far removed from how it can be portrayed on television. Shift working; working in arduous conditions; dealing with people who are suffering; facing highly stressful situations and carrying out drills and repetitive tasks combined with the demand of providing practical and professional advice to the public in their own homes, make it a challenging role.
Firefighters are called upon to tackle various emergency situations where problem solving skills and initiative are vital to resolve issues quickly and calmly. Community safety plays a large part of a firefighter's day to day work and they spend a lot of time out in the community conducting home fire safety checks and talking to people of various ages and from different backgounds about fire prevention, road safety and other safety messages. With such a varied job, firefighters need a combination of physical strength and stamina, intelligence, bravery, strength of character and compassion. Also important is confidence; resilience; an ability to communicate effectively and a commitment to equality and diversity.
Initial training is intense and thorough and includes theoretical lectures as well as practical exercises. Firefighters are expected to undertake a continuous programme of training and take responsibility for developing their own skills and ensuring that they stay fit, as the work can be both physically and mentally demanding. You can find out more about what the job involves in this film and there is further information on this
Recruitment and selection will involve progression through a number of stages including physical tests; psychological tests; interview; application form; medical assessment. You can find out more about the process