Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service employs 358 wholetime firefighters. They crew our 14 wholetime fire engines - which are strategically based across the county on our 12 wholetime fire stations - and provide round-the-clock fire cover to the people of Nottinghamshire - 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
A career as a wholetime, or full-time, firefighter is both exciting and rewarding. No day is the same within the modern-day fire and rescue service - as staff now not only respond to fires, road traffic collisions, and other incidents but also work to educate local people, support their local communities, and prevent these incidents from happening in the first place.
This community-focused prevention, education, and protection work is a massive part of a wholetime firefighter's role. So too, of course, is responding to emergencies. Our firefighters train hard, not only in their initial training but on a regular basis during the course of their career, to ensure that they are ready to respond to an incident whenever needed.
What this means is that our staff have the skills and training to deal with everything from minor bin fires, rapidly developing house fires, chemical incidents, rescues from height and water, road traffic collisions between vehicles of varying sizes, and generally any situation where somebody in danger needs rescuing, even animals. Our crews also provide assistance when bad weather hits and help with things such as flooding - as well as providing medical assistance when required.
Once trained to the level of a competent firefighter, our staff also have the opportunity to progress into supervisory and managerial roles. You never know - you could be a future Chief Fire Officer!
Here is Chloe, a Wholetime Firefighter here at Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service. Watch this video below to see what she got up to on a day shift at West Bridgford Fire Station.
Firefighting - is it for me?
Life as a firefighter can be incredibly rewarding, thrilling, and exciting. You will be well respected and well-integrated into the local community, you will be a role model for the younger generations, you will be helping people often in their time of greatest need, you will be keeping your communities safe and you will become a real-life superhero. Don't believe us? Take a look at what our staff have got to say on our 'Case Studies' page. The feelings and adrenaline rush you will have during your firefighter career will be irreplaceable.
Life as a firefighter can also be tough. It can be physically and mentally challenging and will undoubtedly push you to your limits and test you as you've never been tested before. You will need mental strength to deal with highly stressful and tragic situations in a professional and constructive manner. You will be required to work shifts that include nights, evenings, weekends, and public holidays - including Christmas and New Year. You will need stamina, motivation, and sheer determination to keep you going as you search through bricks and rubble, for hours on end, and you will have to be willing and ready to work outdoors, potentially for long periods of time, in all weather conditions. This can include tackling a hot grass fire in the height of summer, or being called out to deal with a road traffic collision at 3 am on a freezing-cold winter's night...
Still interested? Good! Regardless of the challenges, many still say that being a firefighter is the best job in the world. Take a look at our 'How To Apply' page - we look forward to hearing from you.