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) 23,366
Firefighter (Development) 24,339
Firefighter (Competent) 31,144
Crew Manager 33,101 - 34,528
Watch Manager 35,275 - 38,611
Station Manager 40,161 - 44,297
Group Manager 46,254 - 51,275
Area Manager 54,303 - 59,565

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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Work your way up to achieving the 35KG shoulder press

We know that the 35KG 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 35

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We are recruiting for a new Chief Fire Officer / Chief Executive

Based at: Service Headquarters, Valley Road, Portishead, North Somerset

Contract: Permanent

Hours: 42 Hours per week (required to work additional hours commensurate with role)

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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.

Values

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.

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Application Form - Shortlisting

If you are working your way through the application process, there will be a short delay where you will not hear from us. 

Please ensure that you check your emails on a regular basis, including your junk/spam folders.

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Interview tips and information

The interview lasts one hour and will comprise of six set questions which are the same for all candidates. It will be conducted by a panel of two members of staff.