Firefighter and Community Safety Apprentice

Firefighters training to use a hose reel jet

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If you are enthusiastic, committed to learning new skills, dedicated to delivering an excellent service to the community and keen to step into a vocation like no other then a career as an apprentice within Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service might be for you!

This is your opportunity to join one of the country’s leading fire and rescue services as a Firefighter and Community Safety (FCS) Apprentice. We are currently looking to appoint 12 apprentices to this dynamic programme.

What does the apprenticeship involve?

This exciting 21 month apprenticeship will equip you with the skills and knowledge you will need to be a firefighter within a modern fire and rescue service. 

This is a varied apprenticeship where you will spend time learning about the work of our various departments, including Prevention and Protection as well as experiencing the operational work carried out by our firefighting crews. 

You will follow the Community Safety Apprenticeship framework, gaining level 2 qualifications in Community Safety.  During the course of the programme you will also have access to many other learning opportunities and qualifications.

You will be paid in line with the Voluntary Living Wage (VLW) currently set at £8.45 per hour.

You will be required to work 37 hours a week and your annual apprenticeship salary (based on the current VLW rate) will be £16,302.51.

What will I do?

To understand the important role that prevention activities play in reducing fires and accidents within Cheshire, you will take up a post in the Prevention team.  Here you will learn how to carry out home safety assessments (HSAs), conduct safe and well visits and road safety awareness sessions.

You will also support delivery of the Prince’s Trust programme engaging young adults, visit schools to give prevention talks and guidance to children and spend time as a ranger in our new state of the art Safety Centre at Lymm.  As a FCS Apprentice, you will be assigned a mentor and will attend regular training workshops to assist you in developing the necessary knowledge and skills to support you in the role. 

Additionally you will be put through your paces, so will need to be physically fit to undertake our operational training courses.  Here you will learn firefighting skills including wearing breathing apparatus, dealing with hazardous materials and attending road traffic collisions.  To enhance your new knowledge and skills you will attend regular drill sessions at our Headquarters, shadow our firefighters and have the opportunity to visit Fire Service College.

Who can apply?

To be eligible you will need:

  • To be aged 18 years or over at the start of the programme (18th September 2017)

  • Have Maths and English GCSE (grades A-C)

  • To have not obtained a Level 4 qualification or above (degree or equivalent)

  • To be physically fit as you will need to pass the firefighter selection tests

  • To be able to commit to attending a 12 week Prince’s Trust foundation course (unpaid) commencing September 2017, prior to starting on the apprenticeship

  • To be prepared to travel to different sites across Cheshire

Future Career Prospects

The intended outcome for all of our FCS apprentices is to secure permanent employment with Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service upon completion of the programme.  Therefore subject to achieving satisfactory performance reviews throughout the duration of your apprenticeship, you will be offered the opportunity of joining Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service initially as a Trainee Firefighter.

Once you have achieved competence as an operational firefighter you will then have the option of continuing your career as a firefighter or alternatively, having been exposed to other areas of the business during your apprenticeship, you may decide that a career in either of our Prevention or Protection Departments is more suited to you.  

One thing is for sure however, once fully trained, you will able to look forward to a varied and highly rewarding career within an organisation that strives for excellence in every area of the business.


If the variety and challenge of this apprenticeship opportunity appeals to you then what are you waiting for?

The first step is to apply to participate in the selection process. This is likely to be demanding but don’t let that put you off as this is a fantastic opportunity to embark upon a career that will not only change your life, but also help save the lives of others.

Learn more about the selection process

Find out how to apply and about the selection process

If after reading all the information, you have a question please email


Poster - Are you looking for an apprenticeship like no other? If yes, look no further! (new window, PDF 186KB)

Brochure - Firefighter and Community Safety Apprentice (new window, PDF 5332KB)


Find out what some of our apprentices think about the Firefighter and Community Safety Apprenticeship Scheme by watching their vlogs

Apprentice vlogs (opens in new window)

Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service is proudly committed to equality, diversity and inclusion for all its staff and communities. Promoting equality and diversity is a Core Value at Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service and we are explicitly inclusive of all, regardless of gender, race, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability.

We are currently the 8th best performing organisation on the 2017 Stonewall Workplace Equality Index, a Disability Confident Employer and achieved Excellence on the Fire and Rescue Service Equality Framework.

We have a number of internal staff networks (namely FirePride for LGBT colleagues and Limitless Women’s network) and more information can be found here: LGBT equality