Step 1: Application Form

Application Form

Application packs can be obtained from your local retained fire station, or by emailing our Resourcing and Development team at [email protected]

Alternatively, please click on the below links to print, complete and return your application form to us.

We encourage applicants to visit their local retained station before completing any application forms for support and guidance from our teams. 

Qualifying Criteria

To submit an application for you must be aged 18 years or over, and you must love or work within 6 to 8 minutes of your local retained fire station. Before being offered employment, you will be required to provide evidence of your entitlement to work in the UK, in accordance with the Asylum and Immigration Act 1996. Whilst a full driving licence is not required to apply as a retained (On-Call) firefighter, without one an individual would not be able to progress to competent status pay. 

Declaration of Offences

If you have a criminal record this will not necessarily disqualify you from employment. All applications are considered on merit and in particular, whether the offence has a bearing on your suitability for employment as a firefighter. However, firefighters do need to have a high level of self-discipline and be people in whom the public can have complete confidence.

You will, therefore, be required to declare any conviction which is not yet “spent” within the meaning of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974, and any charges that are pending. A Criminal Records Bureau check will be made.

Further guidance on the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act can be obtained via the National Association for the Care and Resettlement of Offenders. Visit their website at for more information.

Equal Opportunities

Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service is an equal opportunities employer and complies with the requirements of legislation covering equal opportunities. Applications to join the Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service are welcomed by all men and women who meet the physical and medical requirements for entry. If you are accepted for a job, you will be entitled to equal consideration in the matters of training, career development and promotion, whether you are a man or a woman, and whatever your racial or ethnic background or marital status.