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Salary: £27,178 - £36,226
Closing Date: 03/04/2024
Location: Various Locations
Employment Type: Permanent

Job Description

We are recruiting for Firefighters on the Wholetime Duty System.

It Starts with You - take the first step to becoming a firefighter at Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service, working with colleagues across the Service to Make Derbyshire Safer Together for our local communities. 

The role of a modern Firefighter is extremely varied.  You should be a confident communicator as Firefighters spend a huge amount of time engaging with and educating people from different communities to help prevent emergency incidents occurring.  They also train to respond to a wide range of incidents from; fires, road traffic collisions, specialist rescues - such as large animal rescues and water rescue incidents.

Please read through the recruitment information on our website here before you apply.

The essential criteria for applying is:

  • Minimum age 18 at the start of the training course which is 16 September 2024
  • Eligibility to work in the UK.
  • Resident of Derbyshire (There are two exceptions to this; armed forces personnel who are currently serving or have served in the past; and current Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service employees with a permanent contract who live outside the Derbyshire border - see FAQ’s for additional information).
  • 2 GCSEs or equivalent (grade C or 4 and above) in English and Maths.
  • Have a full valid UK manual car driving licence (See FAQ’s if taking driving lessons)
  • Be confident in and around water and can swim at least 100 meters unaided and tread water for one minute
  • No known phobia of heights or confined spaces
  • Meet required fitness standards and medical health checks including eyesight examinations
  • Complete a satisfactory enhanced criminal records check

Desirable criteria is:

  • A British Sign Language qualification
  • Fluently communicate in a second language

The recruitment schedule is detailed below (Dates may be subject to change)

Applications Open

18 March 2024 at 1000 hours

Applications Close

3 April 2024 at midday

Online Assessments

4 April 2024 to 10 April 2024 at midday 

Assessment Centres / Interviews 

(Joint Training Centre, Ripley)

1, 2, 3, 9, 10, 15 and 17 May 2024

Group Assessment Day

(Joint Training Centre, Ripley)

3 June 2024

Swimming test

(Alfreton Leisure Centre)

3 June 2024

Fitness Test / Medicals / Pre-employment checks / References

Commence 13 June 2024

Training course

16 September 2024 to 19 December 2024

If you have a disability and need assistance completing the application form, please email

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