Wholetime Firefighters

 
The role, although immensely rewarding, is often far removed from how it can be portrayed on TV and films. 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. With such a varied job, firefighters need a combination of physical strength and stamina, intelligence, bravery, strength of character and compassion. Initial training is intense and thorough and includes theoretical lectures as well as practical exercises.

Upon successful completion of a probationary period, there are lots of opportunities for firefighters to progress to a range of managerial and specialist roles such as fire investigation or enforcement.