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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) 24,191
Firefighter (Development) 25,198
Firefighter (Competent) 32,224
Crew Manager 34,269 - 35,747
Watch Manager 36,521 - 39,974
Station Manager 41,578 - 45,861
Group Manager 47,887 - 53,086
Area Manager 56,220 - 61,667

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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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.<

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Diversity, Inclusion, Cohesion and Equality (DICE)

Avon Fire and Rescue Service’s (AF&RS) mission is to provide the highest standard and best value service to the community.

Speed interviews

Navigating the speed interview

If you score sufficiently at shortlisting then you will be invited to complete the fitness and strength tests and speed interviews.

Application form

Application form - Dos and Don'ts

For those of you who will be successful in the eligibility stage, there are several more stages to the application process, including online assessments, interviews, practical and physical tests.


Application Form – Values

This year, the application form and what we are looking for from applicants has slightly changed.

Personal statement

Application Form - Personal statement

One of the key parts of the application form is your personal statement, which at just 1,500 must clearly show exactly why you would fit well with Avon Fire & Rescue Service, and what experience you would bring to the role.