Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service

Our Mission: Safer Stronger Communities - Safe Effective Firefighters.

The role of a firefighter

Merseyside has a long and very proud fire heritage having been at the forefront of innovation and the introduction of new technology to firefighting for more than 180 years.

Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service provides an effective emergency response through highly skilled and capable firefighters and support staff. We utilise our resources to respond to emergencies and reduce the risk facing our communities.

Our mission

Safer, Stronger Communities - Safe Effective Firefighters

Our Aims

Excellent Operational Preparedness - We will provide our firefighters with the training, information, procedures and equipment to ensure they can safely and effectively resolve all emergency incidents.

Excellent Operational Response - We will maintain an excellent emergency response to meet risk across Merseyside with safety and effectiveness at its core.

Excellent Prevention and Protection - We will work with our partners and our community to protect the most vulnerable through targeted local risk reduction and the application of our legal powers.

Excellent People - We will develop and value all our employees, respecting diversity, promoting opportunity and equality for all.

Our greatest resource is our people as they drive the Service and deliver world class services to our communities. The majority of our operational staff are wholetime (full-time) firefighters. Wholetime firefighters are available 24 hours a day to attend emergency incidents. They are multi-skilled and trained to the highest standards for every foreseeable risk and have the best equipment available.

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 every part of our community.

We will be recruiting soon. Keep an eye on our social media channels for more details.

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.
  • 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.

Review the Job Profile and Person Specification for more information.

As a Trainee Firefighter you will earn £22,908 per annum during your extensive induction programme, rising to £30,533 per annum 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 Merseyside at the beginning of the training course.
  • 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 (4-9) in Maths and English or Level 2 Functional Skills in Maths and English. If you do not have these qualifications you can still apply and these skills will be tested during the recruitment process. You can practice the skills required for these tests at CEB Practice Tests page by completeing the Reading Comprehension Test and Calculation Test. You will be asked to attach your certificates to your application form.
  1. Online Application Form

    This will request personal information about you, such as your work experience, qualifications and supporting evidence for your application.

  2. Numeracy and Literacy Skills

    You must have GCSE grade C or above (4-9) in Maths and English or Level 2 Functional Skills Maths and English.

    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. You can use GOV.UK to find out where you can improve your numeracy and literacy skills.

  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.

    Review the fitness requirements and tests leaflet for more information.

  4. 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.

  5. Swimming Test
    Includes a minimum of 50 metres swim unaided. This is to ensure applicants are confident and safe in water. This takes place in Liverpool Marina in cold open water conditions, wearing PPE (Personal Protective Equipment).

  6. 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.

  7. 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 for the role of a Firefighter.
    • Identity.
    • Employment history.
    • Nationality and immigration status.

We will require at least two satisfactory employment references to cover the last two years.

Please do not apply on a smartphone or tablet as our application software does not always support these devices. Please use a PC or laptop.

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