Working together to keep Suffolk and its residents safe by tackling different issues, including fires and flooding.

Imagine a career where every day brings a new challenge, a chance to be a hero, and the satisfaction of helping others. As a Firefighter, you'll respond to a variety of emergencies – from fires and car accidents to animal rescues – using the skills and techniques you gain through comprehensive training.

The fire service values talent and supports the progression of our Firefighters. There is a clear progression route, where you can choose to specialise in a specific area or follow the promotional process. This is accomplished with the guidance of the National Fire Chiefs Council's leadership framework.

Everyone at Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service prides themselves on putting our community first. This includes:

  • carrying out home safety checks or visiting businesses to explain about fire safety,
  • making people of all ages and from different backgrounds aware of fire prevention and road safety,
  • attending open days and events.
Watch the video above to hear about Vij Griew’s experience as a firefighter.

Wholetime or On-Call

A wholetime firefighter is someone who has a full-time job as a Firefighter.

An on-call firefighter is only called into service when they are needed, rather than staffing the fire stations on a full-time basis. They live or work within five to eight minutes of their allocated fire station (this can vary due to the local station's requirements). They are fully trained Firefighters.

Most on-call firefighters have other employment and take on the role of a second job; however, you do not need to be in work to become an on-call firefighter. An on-call firefighter's salary is split into five different payments.

In Suffolk, we support the progression of on-call firefighters into full-time roles, therefore career progression into many other roles is possible.

Download our on-call firefighter information pack for a more details about the role or visit the Suffolk firefighter website.

Eligibility and requirements

To be eligible to apply for the role of Firefighter, you must:

  • be eligible to work in the UK,
  • be at least 18 years old - there is no upper age limit,
  • have a full UK driving licence (manual).

We welcome all individuals who share our values and strive to represent the diverse communities that we serve.

Watch the video above to hear firefighter Alexandra Russell Hopkinson bust some myths about becoming a firefighter:

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