Interested in a career as a Wholetime Firefighter?

Applications are now closed, but please have a read through all of the information on this page. Keep an eye out for future updates on recruitment.

Have you thought about becoming a Firefighter, but not taken the next step?

Being a Firefighter at Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service offers you an exciting and rewarding career with a real opportunity for progression. You may have the perception that the fire and rescue service only put out fires, but this is far from reality. As a Firefighter you will respond to incidents, but you will also take part in prevention and protection work in order to help reduce the chance of incidents happening in the first place. This is done through educating the communities and businesses that are in our local area. You will need to make sure you can communicate and teach best practices to households and businesses in order to help create safer people, safer places. As a Firefighter every day is different. You can be involved with:

  • Rescues from water and height
  • Animal rescue
  • Road traffic collisions
  • Home fire safety checks
  • Business fire safety checks
  • School visits/community education
  • Engaging with communities and working with vulnerable people
  • Transport incidents such as railways and airports
  • Threats of terrorism
  • Hazardous material spills
  • Gaining entry to property

Helping to protect society against all of these dangers requires an innovative approach and new kinds of skills and knowledge.

Workshop Wednesday – Firefighter Q and A sessions

These virtual workshops are designed to support and guide potential applicants through the Firefighter recruitment process, covering topics such as what to expect with the application, fitness and nutrition, equality, diversity and inclusion. The workshops take approximately an hour and give people the chance to find out more about the role and speak to real staff from the Service.

Currently there are no Firefighter Q and A sessions planned. Check back soon!

Have a Go Day Events

Have A Go events give you an insight into life as a Firefighter, the opportunity to speak to current Firefighters to find out more, and the chance to have a go at the seven job-related tests involved in the application process. Everyone is welcome to attend Have a Go events, regardless of where you live.

Currently there are no Have a Go Day events planned. Check back soon!

Meet the Team

Meet some of our employees and find out what it means to them to be a firefighter at Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service. 

Angela Beresford

James Dawes

Matthew Moore

What You Need To Know 

To be eligible to apply for one of our new Wholetime Firefighter roles you must meet the essential requirements below:

  • Live in Leicester, Leicestershire or Rutland at the time of your application.
  • Be prepared to undertake a Basic Disclosure Check.
  • Be eligible to work in the UK.

Test of Manual Dexterity

Equipment Carrying Exercise

Ladder Climbing Exercise

Ladder Extension Test

Simulated Ladder Lift Exercise

Casualty Evacuation Exercise

Enclosed Space Simulation 

Bleep Test 

What Next?

Our recruitment portal is now closed for applications. If you are interested in any other positions the Service may have available, visit our portal to view our current vacancies:

 If for any reason you still require more information, please feel free to contact us.