Discover a Career as a Firefighter
“You never know what you’re capable of, unless you step out of your comfort zone”
Ashley, joined as a Trainee Firefighter in 2023
“Being a Firefighter is a role to be proud of, and will push me to be a better person”
Jake, joined as a Trainee Firefighter in 2023
“Go for it! I attended a ‘Have a Go’ event to get a feel for what it would be like and whether I could pass the entry tests.”
Jo, Firefighter since 2017Read Jo’s Story
“It’s hard work, physically and mentally. But if you prepare well – you will have a much better chance of success.”
Amy, Firefighter since graduating in 2023Read Amy’s story
“I love being able to respond to dynamic incidents with my team, using our skillsets to make a tangible difference to people in need”
Adam, Firefighter since 2020
“I wanted to help people, and needed a challenge. I would say to future applicants – be prepared and do your research”
Beth, joined as a Trainee Firefighter in 2023
Want to learn more about becoming a Firefighter?
If so, Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service (RBFRS) is running a series of open sessions to help you decide if it’s the career for you.
With our recruitment window set to open soon, this is an ideal opportunity to come along to find out more about the role, the application process and what life at a fire station is like.
If you don’t know much about the fire and rescue service at the moment – don’t worry! These sessions have been designed to give anyone a flavour of the role – whether you’ve thought about it before or not.
All sessions are free to attend, but please note that they may be subject to change based on operational requirements.
Overview of the sessions
We are offering four sessions, which will be held both online and at our fire stations across Berkshire. You are welcome to attend the session that is most convenient for you. We would encourage you to attend one session from each of the below to give you a thorough overview of the role and what the recruitment process involves. However, it is not mandatory to attend all sessions.
- Session 1 – About the role. This session will run online between 16-20 November. Whilst there is no typical day in this job, this session will provide you with an overview of the role of a modern Firefighter and what training is provided to successful applicants.
- Session 2 – About the process. This session will run online between 21-23 November. Firefighting is a popular career option, so this session is designed to give you all you need to know about the recruitment process and how you can give yourself the best possible chance of success.
- Session 3 – Station visits and demonstrations. This session will run at fire stations between 27 November – 1 December. In the third session, you will have an opportunity to visit a local fire station, meet some of our Firefighters and see how they put some of their training into practice.
- Session 4 – Have a Go events. This session will run at fire stations between 3-9 December. This is an opportunity to try some of the physical tests, practice the techniques and ask questions on how to best prepare to become a Firefighter.
If you would like to join our sessions, please fill in this online form to register.
Please indicate the dates that work best for you. If you are really keen to attend but can’t make the dates for one of the sessions, please let us know on the form and if we receive many similar requests we will look to schedule additional dates in the near future.
If you’re not able to make the sessions, but would like us to contact you regarding our recruitment campaigns, please submit your contact details and we’ll keep you informed.