Joining us

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Ask any firefighter and they will tell you it’s the best job in the world. What's great about being a firefighter at Avon Fire & Rescue Service is the opportunity to progress your career and develop your skillset and there are so many opportunities to learn and develop.

There is so much variation to the role, each day you will be faced with something different. You can progress with promotion, but you can also diversify your role and become a specialist:

  • Urban Search and Rescue
  • Water Rescue 
  • Fire Investigation 
  • Rope Rescue

And so much more…

Our pay and benefits

Role Salary
Firefighter (Trainee) 27,178
Firefighter (Development) 28,310
Firefighter (Competent) 36,226
Crew Manager 36,668 - 40,161
Watch Manager 39,077 - 44,911
Station Manager 44,488 - 51,525
Group Manager 51,239 - 59,642
Area Manager 60,155 - 69,283

Benefits include: Pension scheme, a very competitive maternity and paternity package, interest free loans, training opportunities.

Our shift patterns work well around other commitments

Firefighters have found that the work patterns allow for a better work-life balance

  • Shift 1: 08:00 – 17:00 (day)
  • Shift 2: 08:00 – 17:00 (day)
  • Shift 3: 17:00 – 08:00 (night)
  • Shift 4: 17:00 – 08:00 (night)
  • 4 days off duty

Read the latest from our blog

Keep up to date with life at Avon Fire on our blog.

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AF&RS staff share their experiences of mental health during Mental Health Awareness Week

Staff from across Avon Fire and Rescue Service (AF&RS) have worked together with Bath and Bristol Mind on an impactful campaign to raise awareness of mental health and encourage those experiencing mental ill-health to reach out.  

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My story: Amir Shafie-PourMotlagh

My name is Amir Shafie-PourMotlagh and I joined Weston-Super-Mare Fire Station, on Blue Watch, in August 2022.

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My Story: Danny Jacobs

My name is Danny Jacobs and I’m a Firefighter on Weston-Super-Mare Green Watch. I joined AF&RS in April 2022 and attended training school before starting on station in August.

Fire Control Operator

My story: James Roberts

My name is James Roberts and I have been working for Avon Fire & Rescue Service as a Control Firefighter, based at our Fire Control Room in Lansdown, for nearly two years.

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My story: Kirsty Nelmes

My name is Kirsty Nelmes and I’m a firefighter on Bedminster Green Watch. I joined Avon Fire & Rescue Service in January 2022 and have loved every minute so far.

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New artwork for Bedminster fire engine

Avon Fire and Rescue Service (AF&RS) have worked with award-winning contemporary digital illustrator Parys Gardener to produce the new design which was installed onto the truck this week.



In case you missed it. Watch one of our virtual discovery workshops here!

Our virtual discovery workshops have proven to be very useful for potential applicants who would like to learn more about the role of a Firefighter.

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Prevention is a big part of the job for a Firefighter

When joining the Service, you realise the role is so much more than responding to incidents, take a look at the most recent activity our stations have been involved with alongside our risk reduction team

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Work your way up to achieving the 30KG shoulder press

We know that the 30KG shoulder press is one of our more challenging fitness tests so we've worked with our trainers to put together a number of exercises you can practice in your home that will help you progress towards achieving the 30

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Firefighters turn ambulance drivers to support SWASFT

Avon Fire & Rescue Service (AF&RS) have committed over 12,000 hours to the South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SWASFT) since the height of the pandemic, to support emergency service colleagues and ultimately, save lives.<