Role of a firefighter

Men and women at your local fire station may be called upon to deal with a range of emergencies.

Our community relies on the skill and dedication of the men and women of our Fire and Rescue Service who work at your local fire station.

At any time of the day or night they may be called upon to deal with a range of emergencies including fires in houses or factories, flooding from rivers and river rescues, vehicle crashes on the motorway or country lanes, rescues of animals in great distress, chemical spillages at factories or on the roads and other equally demanding and exacting incidents.

What firefighters get out of it

There are many benefits including:

  • the opportunity to help your community in a direct practical way
  • help prevent fires as part of our community safety programme
  • being a highly trained breathing apparatus wearer, emergency driver and qualified first aid worker
  • reap the rewards of working in a team
  • being trained to a high standard and given the opportunity to lead teams in challenging situations
  • being paid well for your service.

Who can be a firefighter

To become a firefighter you must:

  • have a real wish to support the local community
  • have an enthusiasm and willingness to work in a team environment
  • have a reasonable level of physical fitness
  • be able to pass written entry tests
  • be over 17 years and 10 months.

We support applications from all members of the community regardless of their age, gender identity, ethnic background, religion, life skills, physical ability or sexual orientation.

Fitness standard

More information

There are two different duty systems for firefighters in Oxfordshire these are full time roles which we call Wholetime and part time roles named On call .

Last reviewed
26 June 2015

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