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Apply to Become a Wholetime Firefighter

Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service (RBFRS) is now accepting applications for Wholetime Firefighter positions.

Recruitment opened at 12pm on Monday, 11 July, and applications will be open until 23:59pm on Monday, 1 August 2022.

The role of a firefighter is varied and as well as responding to a range of incidents, it includes providing fire safety advice and engaging with local communities, through safety advice events, education activities and campaigns.

Nikki Richards, Deputy Chief Executive at RBFRS, said: “Our Service is seeking people who want to make a difference to their community, to begin a new, exciting and fulfilling career with us.

“The application window is open for all to apply – anyone, from any background or walk of life can apply to be a firefighter. Successful applicants will join our friendly and supportive team in serving the people of Royal Berkshire.”

This is the second year we will be recruiting apprentices into this crucial role. Much like previous wholetime recruitment, anyone, from any background or walk of life can apply to be a firefighter apprentice, so long as they are new to the role. This could be someone at the beginning of their career, those returning to work after a career break or those looking for a change of career later in life.

The successful applicants will complete a residential training course lasting at least eight weeks, followed by approximately five weeks training at our training centre. Development will then continue when placed at a fire station.

We welcome applications from people of any background and there is no ‘stereotypical firefighter’. We assess applications solely on merit and to the same standards.

Please explore our website to better understand this rewarding role and the benefits of joining our team.You’ll also find details about the application process, frequently asked questions, and how to apply, please visit

You can apply here.