Essential Requirements

To be eligible to apply for a role as a wholetime firefighter you must:

  • Live in Leicester, Leicestershire or Rutland at the time of your application
  • Be aged 18 years or older by the commencement of the wholetime firefighter training course
  • Possess a full, valid UK, EEA or EU driving licence with no more than three penalty points
  • Be prepared to undertake a basic criminal records check
  • Be eligible to work in the UK
  • Possess a level two qualification in English Language and Maths such as grades A-C GCSE (or grades 4-9 in the new GCSE grading structure) or GCE O level, grade one CSE or OCR level two

There are certain qualities that make an effective firefighter. Take a moment to answer the following questions honestly:

  • Are you genuinely interested in people and able to get on with people from different backgrounds and cultures?
  • Are you committed to promoting the safety of your community?
  • Do you enjoy working as part of a team?
  • Could you work under pressure to support your colleagues?
  • Can you think on your feet to solve problems, react flexibly and use your initiative?
  • Would you be able to deal sensitively with members of the public in difficult and emotional situations?
  • Would you be able to take the responsibility for representing a professional service?
  • Are you committed to always maintaining and developing your skills?
  • Do you enjoy working in a job where there is lots of change and improvements?
  • Are you prepared to follow instructions from others?
  • Are you prepared to work unsocial work patterns, which will include night shifts, weekend work, and public holidays?
  • Are you dependable and can be relied on to do something?
  • Are you prepared to commit around 85 days of your life to your initial training, with no time off for holidays?
  • Are you prepared, at emergency incidents, to work for several hours in difficult conditions without a break?

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