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Apply to be a firefighter

Requirements for the job

You can only apply to be a firefighter during a recruitment period.

Before you can apply to be a firefighter, you need to meet certain entry requirements. You must:

  • be at least 18 on your first day of service
  • be educated to GCSE level or equivalent
  • have been continuously resident in the Island for the past five years
  • hold a full, clean driving licence
  • be healthy and fit
  • be able to swim 100 metres
  • have good sight (including contact lenses or glasses wearers) and colour perception in both eyes
  • be confident working at height and in enclosed spaces
  • be happy to work a shift system and at weekends
  • have the ability to deal with people in difficult and emotional situations

In addition, to be an on-call Firefighter you must:

  • have permission from your employer if you'll be responding from work
  • be able to respond from work or home to your assigned fire station within 15 minutes (or within eight minutes if you live by the Western Fire Station)
  • be available to train on Tuesday evening (for Town on call) or Wednesday evening (for Western on call)

7 steps to joining the Fire and Rescue Service

1. Talent Link

Apply online; you must match all the criteria to be accepted to the next step.

2. National firefighter ability tests

Working with numbers test, Understanding information test, and Situational awareness and Problem solving test.

3. Physical test

You will be tested in various tasks to assess your level of fitness, strength and manual dexterity as well as your confidence in simulated exercises.

You'll be required to complete the following physical tests:

  • bleep test
  • ladder climb
  • casualty evacuation
  • ladder lift / lower simulation
  • enclosed spaces
  • equipment assembly
  • equipment carry

The bleep test is a series of shuttle runs between two points, 20 metres apart, keeping in time with a series of bleeps. A new level starts every minute and the timings of the signals get faster.

4. Interview

You will sit in front of an interview panel and be asked various questions for example:

What do you know about the Fire Service?

5. Swim test

For example: You must swim 50 metres, swim under water for 5 metres, tread water for 3 minutes.

6. Final part

Once you have passed all the tests the final part of recruitment will be to be added to our Pool , which we will keep for 18 months.

7. Final offer made:

Full time
If you have passed your interview, medical, vetting and referencing, you will be invited to a uniform fitting and booked on to the next available intake date to start your formal training as a student firefighter in the UK for 14 weeks.
On-call
If you have passed your interview, medical, vetting and referencing, you will be invited to a uniform fitting and selected to join West or Town On-call firefighters, and you will be required to train on a two week local course starting on Monday 29 June.

The current recuitment phase ended 23 February 2020.   

Open events: learn about the physical test

We are recruiting for full time and on-call firefighters to join our team and holding four open events for potential applicants to find out more.
We are inviting you all to come long and talk to us about joining the Jersey Fire and Rescue Service.
There will be a short presentation outlining the role and requirements for joining, a chance to look around the station, meet some of the team and have a go at some of the job related tests.
Do you think you have got what it takes to join our team? Come and find out, and we look forward to welcoming you.

  • Note: Rouge Bouillon will be closed except for emergency vehicles
  • use rear entrance to Fire Station on the corner of Brighton Road and Columbus Street
​Open event day and date​Time
​Sunday 16 February 2020​10am
​Sunday 16 February 2020​11.30am
​Monday 17 February 2020​6.30pm
​Monday 17 February 2020​8pm






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