Firefighter - the job

Cheshire firefighters

Firefighters act as an integral part of both emergency response and community safety by working within the community to prevent emergencies occurring, minimising the impact when they do, and intervening effectively when required to the benefit of that community and within a safe working environment.

There is much more to the job of a firefighter than putting out fires! Firefighters attend a wide range of incidents including car accidents, chemical spills and, yes, even rescuing pets.

Firefighters also visit homes and community groups in order to advise and educate people about minimising the risks of fire.

With such a varied job, firefighters need a combination of physical strength and stamina, intelligence, bravery, strength of character and compassion.

The Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service operates an Equal Opportunities policy and welcomes applications from all regardless of race, religion, colour, gender or sexual orientation.

Frequently asked questions about the role of a firefighter

Firefighter training

The training is intense and thorough and includes theoretical lectures as well as plenty of practical exercises. There are many examinations that must be passed on the way to becoming a firefighter.  

On successful completion of the Phase 1 training course individuals will progress to Phase 2 and be issued with a Phase 2 Development Firefighter portfolio, which covers all elements within the Firefighter role map.

At this stage of your career regular assessments will be taken by the individual as they move towards the role of the competent Firefighter. This should be achieved within 24 months of joining the Service, and should not take any longer than 36 months.

After all applicable functions have been assessed and achieved,  the employee will have demonstrated 'competent' in his or her role and will receive the appropriate rate of pay. 

All training is designed to give you the confidence when doing the job and to to develop your skills. You will need to work hard, do regular study and pass formal assessments on each module of the course. Throughout the programme, you will be given a high level of support from Training Officers who are there to bring out your potential and guide you to success.

At Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service we value our people and believe in developing them to their maximum potential. Many of our Senior Officers started out as firefighters.


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Last updated: Tuesday 19 October 2021

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