Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service

Our Mission: Safer Stronger Communities - Safe Effective Firefighters.

The role of a firefighter

Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service carries out Positive Action to highlight the role of the modern Firefighter in  Merseyside and encourage applications for any potential roles that may arise from as wide a community as possible. You can find out more about what Positive Action is by clicking the link on the right hand side.

At present Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service is not recruiting for the role of Firefighter. However, if this changes then the only way to apply is via the website in the careers section. So keep checking our website.

In the meantime the following information will help you find out more about the role and how to prepare for the future.

If you want to make your community safer and stronger, are a great team player and want to save lives then this could be the job for you.

As a dynamic Fire and Rescue Service, we are looking for individuals who share our vision and values and who have a desire to make a positive impact on their community. If you are looking for a career that allows you to shape your future and offers you diversity and variety then keep reading.

Requirements of the role - the facts

  • Height restrictions - There are no height restrictions.
  • Age restrictions - Minimum age of 18 at date of appointment.
  • Physical requirements - All applicants must pass a series of physical tests to test strength and cardiovascular capacity, as required by the role. Please click on the link on the right hand side of the page for more on this.
  • A Firefighter does more than putting out fires and rescuing people - A small amount of a Firefighters time is spent tackling fires. A greater amount of time is spent engaging with the community, completing Home Fire Safety Checks (HFSCs) and promoting fire safety awareness as well, as a lot of training to keep skills updated.
  • Career progression is open to everyone - If you demonstrate ability and enthusiasm you can work your way right up the organisational structure.

For more information on the Job Profile and Person Specification please click on the link on the right hand side of the page.

As a Trainee Firefighter you will earn £22,017 during your extensive induction programme, rising to £29,345 when you are competent. Throughout your career you have many opportunities to shape your future, potentially progressing up the career ladder to become Watch Manager and onto Station Manager or further still.

The Selection Process

  • You must live within 30 minutes of a Merseyside Fire and Rescue Authority Community Fire Station - measured under normal driving conditions.
  • If you currently have a wholetime or similar contract of employment with another Fire & Rescue Service then please do not apply via the website. Should you wish to be considered via the 'transfers in' process then please email
  • You must have a full UK driving licence.
  • You must have GCSE grade C or above in Maths and English Language or equivalent e.g. level 2 functional skills. If you do not have these qualifications you can still apply and these skills will be tested during the recruitment process. Please ensure that under question one (this will be clear once you have started your application) you clearly state whether you have or do not have these qualifications. You will be required to provide evidence of your qualifications at your first invitation to the recruitment process.
  1. Initial Online Application

    This is brief information about you with key questions that you are required to answer to help us decide if you have the right values for the organisation. For more information on the Service's values click on the 'Our Mission and Values' link on the right hand side of the page. From the evidence you provide, we will decide if you are to proceed to the next stage.

  2. Numeracy and Literacy Skills

    You must have GCSE grade C or above in Maths and English Language or equivalent e.g. level 2 functional skills.

    If you have GCSE grade C or above in Maths and English Language or equivalent and can provide written evidence, you will not have to undertake the numeracy and literacy online tests.

    If you do not have these qualifications then you will have to undertake the following online tests:

    • Numeracy skills - Ability to interpret basic numerical information (e.g. dials, tables, charts) and use arithmetical calculations correctly (e.g. able to work out operational times when using breathing apparatus). Basic adding up, multiplication, division and subtraction
    • Literacy skills - Ability to communicate in writing i.e. to compose sentences to write emails and reports. More information on where you can improve your numeracy and literacy skills can be found on the below link:

  3. Physical tests
    1. Multi-stage fitness.
    2. Ladder climb.
    3. Breathing apparatus crawl.
    4. Casualty evacuation.
    5. Ladder lift.
    6. Equipment carry.
    7. Equipment assembly.
    8. Dummy haul.
    9. Chester step test.

    More information on fitness requirements and tests can be found by clicking the link on the right hand side of the page.

  4. Further written evidence

  5. As you successfully progress through the recruitment process we will request further written evidence to support your application.
  6. Assessment Centre
    Centres are usually half a day in duration and consist of three to four exercises, with a combination of both group and individual exercises. Candidates are assessed against organisational values and key Firefighter role competencies.

  7. Swimming Test
    Includes a minimum of 50 metres swim unaided. This is to ensure applicants are confident and safe in water.

  8. Interview
    The candidate will be interviewed by a panel, which will include senior officers as well as a representative from Human Resources, which is known as the People and Organisational Development department at Merseyside Fire and Rescue Authority.

  9. Pre-employment checks

    Medical Assessment
    Health screening and medical assessments will be completed to ensure that applicants are fit and healthy to join Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service as a Firefighter. There is also a requirement for applicants to undertake an LGV medical as part of their medical assessment.

    Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service Check An enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check is required as the role of a Firefighter.
    • Identity.
    • Employment history.
    • Nationality and immigration status.

We will require at least two satisfactory employment references.

Our Mission: Safer Stronger Communities - Safe Effective Firefighters.

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