Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service are now recruiting for Wholetime Apprentice Operational Firefighters for a potential apprenticeship start date of 3 May 2022.

The latest closing date for applications will be 12 noon Wednesday 10 November 2021, or earlier if a significant number of applications are received.

On this basis interested candidates are urged to complete their applications in a timely manner. Applications which are not fully completed at the time of closing cannot be accepted.

Potential applicants must be able to respond calmly and professionally to people in distress, and emergencies; they must be able to work as part of a multi-disciplinary team, be able to communicate clearly and confidently community safety messages to local groups, and support vulnerable people with different needs who live in the community.

In addition, we are keen to recruit people who can reflect our core values and behaviours, in terms of working in an inclusive, positive, non-judgmental way, who actively listen and value the contribution of others.

All applicants must hold a current category “B” car full driving licence that entitles the individual to drive in the UK without restrictions.

As part of the recruitment process you will be required to undertake a number of job related assessments, both on-line and practical. You will be tested on your fitness, assessed on your verbal and numerical ability, your situational judgement, as well as on your ability to follow instructions and undertake practical tasks. Detailed information about all the assessment stages, duty systems ad frequently asked questions are available.

Candidates must be able to attend all dates associated with the recruitment process.

Successful candidates will be appointed as an Apprentice Firefighter and will undertake the Level 3 Operational Firefighter Apprenticeship standard which will typically take up to 24 months. Where you don’t possess a GCSE A-C in maths and English Language or equivalent, you will be required to achieve these qualifications as part of the apprenticeship.

During the 14 week Recruit’s Course the salary is currently £24,191, but this rises to £25,198, which is the development rate, after successful completion of the course. The salary will increase again once competency is achieved.

We actively encourage applications from women, members of Lancashire’s minority ethnic communities and the LGBT community. These groups are under-represented in our organisation which we want to reflect the diversity of our communities, in order to deliver the best service possible to the people of Lancashire.

The recruitment process is challenging and we appoint only those candidates who perform at the highest level. This is an opportunity to join an organisation identified as a workplace with an outstanding workplace culture; we offer inclusive employment policies, comprehensive development, free car parking, a Firefighters Pension Scheme, Tax Free Childcare Voucher Scheme, Cycle to Work Scheme and free access to workplace gym facilities.

Please note: Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service cannot accept late applications due to the failure of candidates’ devices.


On call firefighters are firefighters who are on-call and carry an alerter. They are required to respond to an emergency when the alerter activates. To be an on call firefighter applicants have to be able to respond to the fire station within the required time, so applicants need to either live or work within a close distance. Applicants may already be in a full time job, unemployed or looking for a career that can fit around their childcare or home life. Being an on call firefighter can complement many different lifestyles.

On call firefighters are trained to deal with a wide range of emergency situations. They provide an agreed contract of hours for emergency cover throughout the week. Additionally, they also undertake weekly evening training sessions at station to maintain and develop skills. Retained firefighters receive full initial training followed by continuous development; this will require dedication. Those responding from work will require their employer’s consent, whilst those responding from home must consider the impact on their home life.


A range of managerial and support services jobs exist within the areas of prevention, protection and road safety, fleet and engineering, finance, human resources, ICT, procurement, Princes Trust, health and safety, communications, administration, project management and management information to name a few. Most corporate support functions are based at Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service Headquarters at Fulwood, Preston.




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