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Becoming a Firefighter

Our firefighters have one of the most respected jobs within the community - responding to incidents, preventing them from happening and protecting people and property within the Humberside area. Find out more about what they do, promotion opportunities and technical areas they specialise in.

We welcome applications from all members of the community who pass our application form and interview criteria, and meet the standards of our role related physical tests.

To provide an excellent service to our communities, we must employ firefighters who can recognise, understand and respond to their needs. A diverse workforce which reflects our communities is better equipped to achieve this.

Applicants do not need to have any previous firefighting experience or qualifications, but they do need to meet our minimum literacy and numeracy requirements. Firefighter trainees must be 18 years old when they are appointed, so they can be 17 ½ years old when they apply. There is no upper age limit.

Anyone wanting to become a full-time (wholetime) firefighter would not need to live in the Humberside area to work for us. However, there are geographic limits for someone who wants to be a on-call (Retained) firefighter, they must:

  • live or work within one mile of the Retained Duty System fire station at which they wish to serve
  • be able to respond within five minutes of an alarm, on foot or by vehicle at normal road speed

Once successful applicants complete their initial induction training they begin a development programme. The appointment of all operational staff is subject to successful completion of this programme, at which point they become competent firefighters. During their career they may consider specialising in other roles, or seek to progress. Browse through the ‘Careers’ pages for more information.


Humberside Fire and Rescue Service recruits on merit and encourages applications for vacancies from all sections of the community.

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