All new Wholetime Duty System firefighters joining Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service undertake their training and development through our Operational Firefighter Apprenticeship Programme. This structured learning pathway is fully aligned with the Occupational Duties, Knowledge Skills, and Behaviours of the Level Three Operational Firefighter Apprenticeship Standard.
Our Wholetime Operational Firefighter Apprentices complete a two-year programme of formal training and work-based development which provides them with the full competencies and confidence to undertake the wide range of functions expected of firefighters in a modern fire and rescue service. Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service responds to many different operational incidents such as fires, road traffic collisions, rescue and extrication, flooding and environmental protection. Our Operational Firefighter Apprentices further work with our teams and partners to prevent incidents through community safety initiatives, educational programmes and fire safety visits to vulnerable people. They will also contribute to fire safety work to minimise risks to people's property and the environment.
At the end of the two-year programme, our Operational Firefighter Apprentices undertake their formal End Point Assessment to be recognised as fully competent firefighters against the benchmarked industry standard.