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Wholetime firefighter recruitment 8th June 2020

Closing date: not currently recruiting
Salary: £ 23,366 (Trainee) £24,339 (Development) £31,144 (Competent)

Job description:

Yes You Can

Be part of North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service family.

On the 8th June we will be opening recruitment for Wholetime Firefighters. Between now and then we want to raise awareness of the role of modern day firefighters and encourage applications from all parts of our communities.

When the recruitment application window opens we will be recruiting wholetime firefighters for our:

  • Day crewed fire stations (Ripon, Malton, Tadcaster, Selby and Whitby),
  • Self Roster fire stations (Northallerton and Richmond) and;
  • Shift fire stations (Acomb, Huntington, York, Scarborough and Harrogate).

Duty Systems

Day Crewed and Self Roster stations operate a duty system where firefighters work shifts of 8am-6pm and then remain on call overnight to respond to incidents as required.  As such, Firefighters appointed to these stations must reside within four minutes of their station, during on duty periods, in order to meet their on-call responsibilities.     

The Day Crewed pattern is four days on duty and then days four off with an average of 42 working hours per week.  Additional allowances are payable in respect of the on-call requirement. 

The Self Roster shift pattern requires the same number of average hours and shifts to be worked but there is no set pattern of shifts. 

Shift stations are crewed 24/7 by firefighters who work shifts of 8am-6pm and 6pm-8am. The shift pattern is two day shifts, two night shifts and then four days off.

Chief Fire Officer Andrew Brodie said “We’ll soon be launching our recruitment window for wholetime firefighters again, it doesn’t get more exciting. Last year’s intake are embedded in their teams on our fire and rescue stations and helping communities to Be Safe and Feel Safe.

The role of a modern-day firefighter is varied. It’s much more than just attending emergency incidents, so ignore any thoughts of simply having to fight fires and cut up cars. It’s more about educating communities, engaging with people, delivering activities and events, planning and forming partnerships, and being creative to prevent, protect and create community resilience. Response is a last resort. We need people who are caring, compassionate and inventive, who enjoy working as part of a team and who want to make a truly positive difference to people. Being a good firefighter isn’t about being good at fighting fires, that’s only part of it. Being a good firefighter is about being good at everything the role involves.

Such a varied role needs a varied workforce. We welcome applications from all parts of our communities. We need to improve our diversity to reflect our diverse communities, so we are particularly interested in people from groups that are currently under-represented in our Service. 

But this isn’t about varying standards of entry. Everyone goes through the same process and achieves the same minimum standards.

Our message is simple; this is great opportunity to join a progressive and essential organisation. So, if you’ve always dreamt of becoming a firefighter or you’ve never considered it before but think it could be the job for you, we’d love to hear from you.”

Julia Mulligan, North Yorkshire Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner, said: "Firefighters across North Yorkshire play a crucial role in keeping us safe and feeling safe and I’m pleased we are able to add to our wholetime team. I would encourage anyone interested in joining our brilliant team of men and women to consider applying for these important roles.”

Anyone aged 18 or over can apply to become a firefighter; when the application window opens on the 8th June, but candidates must meet all requirements of the role. There are various stages of the application process and you must complete and be successful at each stage to progress to the next stage.   The application process will be open to those who are aged 17 so long as they will have attained the age of 18 prior to commencing in role in April 2021.

Candidate attraction and virtual awareness session

Last year we ran awareness sessions at a number of our wholetime fire stations. These were designed with the aim of giving potential candidates the opportunity to find out more information about the role of a firefighter, understand the recruitment process and have a go at some of the selection tests. Due to the current climate relating to Covid-19 and government guidelines, we have had to adapt our awareness session for 2020 to virtual awareness session. Please click on the links to view our video relating to:

Modern day firefighter

Modern day firefighter

Virtual Awareness session

Selection tests

 Family friendly employer

Case studies

These videos will give you an insight to what our recent recruits journey through the recruitment process through to their station placement. They discuss their own experience and how they felt whilst going through the recruitment process and how they have transitioned into the role of a  wholetime Firefighter.

New Recruit Emma

New Recruit Stephen

Information booklet

This booklet has been written to provide you with details of each stage of the recruitment and selection process. It is important you download and read the information contained within the booklet to ensure you are aware of the key dates, how you will be assessed and what to expect at each stage:

Information booklet 

Numerical reasoning practice questions

Verbal reasoning practice questions

Mechanical reasoning practice questions

If you have any queries prior to the process please refer to the frequently asked questions in the first instance. If you still have any queries or questions email


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