Frequently Asked Questions

There is no such thing as a typical firefighter. Our firefighters come from all walks of life and backgrounds. Here are some of the most frequently asked questions we get about firefighter recruitment...

How old do I need to be?

You must be 17 and a half years old at the time of your application. There is no upper age limit

Can women be firefighters?

Absolutely! We recruit firefighters on their ability to do their job.

Do I need to have a driving licence?

Yes - you will need to have a full driving licence at the point of application.

Do I have to live in Merseyside?

Yes, when you start the recruit course you will need to have an address within Merseyside. This is so you can fulfill the retained element of the contract.

Do I have to be a certain height?

No - there is no height restriction

What qualifications do I need?

GCSE English and maths at grade C or above (levels 4 - 9) or Level 2 Functional Skills in English and maths. If you do not have these, you will be invited to complete equivalent numeracy and literacy assessments. 

Is this a full time job?

Yes - this role is 42 hours per week with 42 hours of retained cover also provided.

How does the shift pattern work?

Generally, staff work 4 out of every 8 days with shifts of 12 hours work and 12 hours retained cover. Shifts worked are a mixture of days and nights.

How long is the training course?

The recruit course lasts 15 weeks.

What will I be paid?

As a Trainee Firefighter, you will earn £23,833 per annum during your extensive induction programme, rising to £31,767 per annum (plus 10% for retained cover) when you are competent (approx 18 months after completion of the recruit course).

What are the benefits?

Member of Firefighters Pension Scheme, free use of an on-site gym, 30 days paid leave. 
Additional training - able to access a wide range of training to improve your skills.
Camaraderie – the bond between Firefighters endures through tough times. As a Firefighter, you will become a part of a supportive team, facing many challenges together. These bonds will become life-long friendships.