We recruit full-time and part-time firefighters across Hertfordshire throughout the year depending on demand and vacancies.
What’s involved in being a full-time firefighter in Hertfordshire?
Full- time recruitment is now closed.
Full-time fire fighters go to many different emergency situations including road accidents, fires, chemical incidents and rescues.
You’ll need problem solving skills and initiative to make sure issues are resolved quickly and calmly. Firefighter’s deal with people who may be injured, distressed or confused so you'll need good communication skills.
The role of the firefighter requires a certain level of physical fitness, which is tested during the selection process.
Other skills you need include confidence, resilience, integrity and the ability to adapt to different situations.
A firefighters responsibilities include:
- responding to emergency situations
- educating people on how to prevent fires and how to protect themselves
- home fire safety visits
- being a positive role model and taking part in educational schemes like Princes Trust, Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme and LiFe courses
- working with other emergency services to effectively solve problems.
Before you apply
- You must live in the Hertfordshire postcode area or one immediately adjoining it. View the eligible postcode list.
- You need a full UK driving licence – online DVLA checks will be carried out for successful candidates.
- You should have the right to work in the UK.
- You must not have any unspent criminal convictions.
- Will need to have a minimum of GCSE A*-C grade in both English and Maths or equivalent. In the UK the equivalent is Key Skills/Basic Skills or Adult Literacy and Numeracy Level 2.
- Overseas applicants, with the right to work in the UK, will be assessed case by case.
- For further information please read the frequently asked questions.
Recruitment process stages
Stage 1 – Book onto a Recruitment Information Event
Is it for you? Book onto one of our Recruitment Information Events to find out more. These are at fire stations throughout the county.
Attendance at this event is mandatory.
Stage 2 – Let’s go for it
Book to attend the Initial Assessment of Potential session which involves a short interview.
Only successful applicants at this stage will be invited to complete a full application to progress to the next stage.
Stage 3 – Physical tests
Shortlisted applicants will be invited to complete bleep and physical tests.
Stage 4 – Interviews
Interviews will be scheduled for applicants who pass all the stages above.
Stage 5 – Contract offering
Successful applicants will be offered a contract of employment with the Phase 1 Trainee course starting 3 July 2017 and ending with the Pass Out Parade on the 14th October 2017.
Due to the nature of the training no leave will be granted between 3 July – 14 October.
Station Information Event dates 2017
- Longfield Training Centre - Hitchin Road, Stevenage, Herts SG1 4AE - Wednesday 1 February, 7pm and Saturday 4 February, 10am
- Hemel Hempstead – Queensway, Hemel Hempstead, Herts HP2 5HA - Monday 6 February, 7pm
- Watford Fire Station - Lower High Street, Watford, Herts, WD17 2AG - Thursday 9 February, 7pm
- St Albans Fire Station – 153 London Road, St Albans, Herts AL1 1TQ – Saturday 11 February, 10am
- Hertford Fire Station - Old London Road, Hertford, Herts SG13 7LD - Monday 13 February, 7pm
- Borehamwood Fire Station – Elstree Way, Borehamwood, Herts WD6 1JP – Tuesday 14 February, 7pm
Preparation for the event
You might want to try out some of the exercises you will be expected to do as a firefighter, we would recommend wearing trainers and jogging bottoms.
Parking at all of the sites is limited, please allow time to find parking in the surrounding area, or find alternative modes of transport.
Become a part-time firefighter
Part-time firefighters are men and women who are ‘on-call’. They respond to emergencies when they’re alerted by our fire control, who handle the 999 calls across Hertfordshire.
Many give cover during weekdays, evenings and weekends. They usually have another job during the week too.
Before you apply...
- There isn’t an upper age limit for applicants
- you must be over 18
- you must be able to get to your chosen part-time fire station within 4 minutes.
Stage 1 – Apply
Apply using the button above. If you’re eligible we'll contact you within a few weeks of accepting your application with information about the next steps.
Stage 2 – Attend a selection day
You'll be invited to come to a selection day which you must attend. Spaces are limited and we will give you a months' notice.
In the morning you'll take part in written tests. If you pass these you'll be invited to complete physical tests in the afternoon. You have up to 3 attempts to pass the written tests.
If you have GCSE grade A-C in Maths & English you will only be required to complete the Physical Tests. Evidence of these qualifications will need to be presented at the selection day.
Stage 3 - Formal Interview
If you pass the written and practical tests you’ll be invited to come to a formal interview.
Stage 4 - Full medical
If you're successful in your interview you need to go to a medical appointment with our Occupational Health Department. You need to complete some medical questionnaires and an opticians report before the appointment.
The medical is in 3 stages:
- medical tests with the Occupational Health Adviser
- an examination and DVLA paperwork
- a fitness ‘bleep’ test with the Service Fitness Adviser.
No medical information is released without your consent and we're only given advice on whether or not you are fit enough for us to employ you. Your information will be recorded as a baseline for your future medicals, which you must take every 3 years.
Call our Occupational Health Department on 01438 847316 if you have any concerns or questions.
Stage 5 - Training course
We have a timetable for the next training course. You’re paid hourly for attending the course.
You might be placed on a waiting list of up to 12 months depending on vacancies at stations. You might need to do a re-test when a vacancy is available.
The majority of vacancies need you to be able to give cover on weekdays during the day. This needs to be agreed before you’re offered a place on the training course.
How much will I earn if I'm offered a place as a part-time firefighter?
You receive a basic annual fee for the number of hours cover you agree to do. You also get payment for each call out to an incident you do.
You’ll have to go to a drill night at your station for 3 hours 1 evening per week for training with your colleagues, which you will be paid for.
An estimate of average earnings when qualified is based on:
- having served 2 years
- contracted 90 hours cover a week
- 48 drill nights per year
- attended at least 50 incidents in the year
- 20 hours of training courses per year (in addition to your drill nights)
- 30 hours extra community work a year
The total is £5495 per year before deductions (approx. £450 per month).
For a full list of pay scales check our pay settlement.
We're an Equal Opportunities employer and welcome applications from all parts of the community.