- be over 18 when the recruit course is due to start - there's no upper age limit
- live in an eligible postcode
- have a full UK driving licence for manual cars (category B), with your current address on. What we need and why (PDF 86kb)
- not have any unspent criminal convictions (if you have a criminal record, you must let us know in your application)
- have a GCSE A*-C (9-4) grade in both English and maths or an equivalent qualification.
Qualifications and documents
What qualification you need to be able to make an application for Firefighter post?
GCSE Grade A* to Grade C (or 9 to 4) qualifications in English Language and Mathematics (or a recognised equivalent i.e. Basic/Key Skills Level 2, Adult Numeracy Level 2, Adult Literacy Level 2).
We need your original GCSE (or equivalent) certificates in Maths and English. Please have these ready for the interview stage of the selection process. We won’t accept provisional results sheets.
- If you don’t have your originals, you can request a replacement certificate from your awarding organisation. This takes around 4 weeks and costs around £45. Some awarding organisations will not issue a replacement certificate but a certified statement of results, which we can accept.
- If you don’t know who your awarding organisation was, ask your school.
- If you gained your qualifications outside the UK, please request a statement of comparability from UK NARIC. This takes up to 20 days and costs around £60. ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) is not accepted as an equivalent English qualification.
What qualifications we need and why (PDF 107kb)
When will I have to produce my qualification certificates / statements?
You will need to produce proof of qualifications at the Assessment of Potential stage. Please don't apply now if this is not easily available.
Can I still apply if I don’t have the qualifications mentioned above?
If you don’t have these qualifications, consider a role as an on-call firefighter. We don’t require these qualifications for on-call firefighters. However, you will need to live within a specific distance from your nearest on-call fire station.
More about on-call firefighters
What documents would I need to provide at appointment stage?
Ensure your passport is in date and your driving licence shows your current Hertfordshire address and is in date. Should you reach appointment stage, these requirements will need to be in place.
There are no height requirements.
You need to maintain a level of fitness and will be tested during the selection process.
Fitness, disabilities and medical conditions
If you're successful in the selection process, your on-call contract will be suspended during training.
Armed forces - current and former
If you're currently serving outside our eligible postcodes, you can still apply - just contact us first at email@example.com.
We've signed up to the Armed Forced Covenant to treat those who serve in the armed forces, or who have served, with fairness and respect.
To make sure everyone has an equal chance of applying, we don't make special provisions for current or former military personnel.
Your experience may help you with discipline and fitness, but there's much more to the role of a modern firefighter.
There's no process for direct transfer into the Fire and Rescue Service, just as there's no process for firefighters to transfer directly into the military.
If you are a reservist within any of the British Reserve Forces who is required to boost the capability of Regular Units during military operations, you will not be able to train with your unit during your 16 weeks of basic training.
You will be able to complete reservist training once you have completed your 16-week firefighter training but your release will need to be authorised subject to global crewing levels.
We would not be able to support any deployments within your first 2 years whilst you are a firefighter in development. You will be required to declare your non-deploy ability to the Ministry of Defence.
If you've applied, or worked, for another fire service
If you've completed a selection process with another fire service, you'll still need to complete our process, so all applicants are assessed the same way.
If you work for another fire service, take a look at our wholetime transfer opportunities.
We welcome applicants of any nationality. However:
Tattoos, piercings and facial hair
We accept candidates with tattoos, unless they could be construed as discriminatory, violent, intimidating or offensive to any religion or belief - regardless of where they appear on your body.
We accept candidates with body piercings, but they must be removed when on duty. For health and safety reasons, we won't accept candidates with cavities from body modifications (such as flesh tunnels or ear stretchers) unless they can be surgically corrected.
You must keep most of your face and neck free of hair or stubble because it affects the seal of our breathing apparatus. You can have facial hair that doesn't interfere with the seal, like a moustache or a small goatee.
We're an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all parts of the community.
We'll always recruit based on the merit of the application and performance in the selection process. However, we are particularly encouraging applications from female candidates and those from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic backgrounds who are currently under-represented within Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service.