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Hertfordshire County Council

Be a firefighter

Recruitment for this year closed on 22 July. If you registered your interest before then, please check below for information about the next stages of the process.

In order to apply

  • You must live in the Hertfordshire postcode area or one immediately adjoining it. Due to the high number of applications we receive, limiting them to this area helps us keep the recruitment process manageable. View the eligible postcode list (PDF 41kb)
  • You need a full UK manual car driving licence with your correct postal address on – online DVLA checks will be carried out for successful candidates. Firefighters work at locations across the county, so you'll need a full licence to drive service vehicles. The address must be correct, as we'll use this to check you live in an eligible area.
  • You should have the right to work in the UK.
  • You should be 18 or over. There is no upper age limit for applying.
  • You must not have any unspent criminal convictions.
  • You'll need a minimum of GCSE A*-C grade (grades 9-4) in both English Language and Maths or equivalent. In the UK the equivalent is Key Skills/Basic Skills or Adult Literacy and Numeracy Level 2. The role of a firefighter is increasingly technical, and it is important for firefighters to have these levels of education.

For further information please read the frequently asked questions (PDF 169kb)



Application process

Applications for this year closed on 22 July.

if you registered your interest before then, you will have been invited to book onto a Knowledge Check event (see details below). These will take place on various days between 23 July and 17 August.

If you are successful at that stage, you will be invited to an Assessment of Potential event which will involve a test of your physical ability and determination. These will take place on various days between 20 August and 7 September.

Successful candidates will then be invited to complete a full application form. Fitness and selection tests, medicals and interviews will take place between the end of September and the beginning of November.

Knowledge check

The first stage of the application process will be a knowledge check designed to measure the applicant's knowledge of the fire and rescue service.

The information you will be assessed on during this first stage of the application process is contained in the following document.

Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service organisational structure

Make sure you are familiar with the contents of this document before you take the test.

The two practice tests will show the type of questions we will ask and the level of knowledge we expect.


Want to know more about the job and the application process?

We ran a Facebook Live Q&A session with serving firefighters on Monday 9 July. This was an opportunity to hear about what we're looking for and to ask questions about the job and the recruitment process. You can still watch the video of the event here or on our Facebook page.


Fitness requirements

The role of the firefighter requires a certain level of physical fitness, which is tested during the selection process.

We've produced a video to show what we're looking for and how you can make sure you're fit enough.


Women in the fire service logoAsian fire service associationLGBT partnership logodisability confident logoarmed forces covenant logo

Hertfordshire Fire & Rescue Service values and respects the diversity of all its employees. We aim to recruit a workforce which represents the communities we serve by giving equal opportunities to all.

We pride ourselves on being an inclusive organisation and are proud to be members or supporters of:

  • Women in the Fire Service (WFS) – We support our female firefighters, control room staff and non-operational female employees to get involved with events, initiatives and training offered by WFS to enable networking and development opportunities
  • Asian Fire Service Association (AFSA) – As founder members of AFSA this year we were presented with our 10 year award. Members of our Staff Inclusion Network Group regularly attend conferences & events and feedback recommendations to increase the diversity of our workforce
  • Herts LGBT Partnership – HFRS come together with other organisations across Hertfordshire including Hertfordshire Police & NHS Partnership Trust to reach out to our LGBT+ communities and build on partnership working
  • Disability Confident Employer – we recruit and retain disabled people and people with health conditions for their skills and talent
  • Armed Forces Covenant – we have signed up to the covenant to acknowledge and understand that those who serve or who have served in the armed forces, and their families, should be treated with fairness and respect in the communities, economy and society they serve with their lives.