Step One: Registration and Eligibility Screen


The online registration and eligibility screen will open on Monday, 15 July 2019. Candidates will be asked to enter their details into a registration form, which will contain some basic questions to determine if you're eligible to move to the next stage of the process. 

Qualifying Criteria 

To submit an application form you need to be 17 years and six months or older at the point of application and 18 years or older when you commence in role. 

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 firefighter, without one, an individual would not be able to progress to competent status pay. To apply for a wholetime position you must live within a 30-mile radius of the centre of Reading. Take a look at qualifying postcodes.

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 Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) 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.