Pay Wholetime

Life as a firefighter is extremely rewarding, but also challenging at times. So, what's in it for you? Below we've listed some of the benefits of working for Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service - as well as outlining how much you will get paid.


  • Being part of an amazing team that works to make a positive difference to people's lives. 
  • Serving your community and helping to make your area a safer place to live, work and visit.  
  • Earning money at the same time as doing a job you love.
  • Being in a job that pushes you beyond your limits, and helps you achieve things you never thought you could.
  • Access to a good pension scheme, 33 days of paid annual leave and free use of the gyms at every single NFRS station.
  • Access to the Simply Health scheme.

Pay - Wholetime:

  • There are three rates of pay for firefighters - trainee, development and competent.  
  • A trainee, wholetime firefighter earns a basic annual salary of £23,366 and hourly rate of £10.67.
  • A firefighter in development earns £24,339 and an hourly rate of £11.11.
  • A fully competent firefighter earns £31,144 a year, and an hourly rate of £14.22.

 Once you are a fully competent Firefighter, there will be opportunities to progress into managerial roles. A competent Crew Manager earns £34,528 a year as a basic salary, whilst a competent Watch Manager attracts a salary of £38,611 per annum.

Frequently Asked Question - What is the difference between trainee, development and competent?

Whilst at our Service Development Centre in Ollerton, on their basic training course, firefighters are classed as trainees. This is the first stage of their training.

Once firefighters have left the training centre, and have started responding to calls with their station colleagues, they become firefighters in development. This is the second stage of their training, and normally takes two years.

Once the development stage is complete, firefighters become competent - and attract the higher rate of pay.

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