We recruit full-time and on-call 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.

Become a on-call firefighter

On-call firefighters are men and women who 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 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.

Selection days are most often held quarterly and are the first Tuesday of the following months:

  • March
  • June
  • September
  • December

These dates/months are subject to change where necessary.

 

Written tests - preparation booklet

Physical tests - preparation booklet

Suggested fitness guidance

Stage 3 - Formal Interview

If you pass the written and practical tests you’ll be invited to come to a formal interview.

Interview practice booklet

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. You'll need to achieve a particular standard to pass (level 8.7).

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 on-call 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.