skip to content

Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

Frequently asked questions

What is the minimum and maximum age for joining to become a firefighter?
The minimum age for joining the fire service is 18 years old which you must be at the start of the training course. There is no maximum age.

How tall do you need to be to become a firefighter?
There is no minimum or maximum height within the Fire and Rescue Service.

How long does the recruitment process take?
The recruitment process can take many months. It could take a year from application to actually commencing employment, depending on the timing of vacancies.

What salary can I expect to receive as a firefighter?
A trainee firefighter will earn a salary of £22,237 rising to £29,638.

I have a criminal record. Can I still apply and join as a firefighter?
Having a criminal record will not necessarily prevent you from becoming a firefighter. You are required to declare any convictions for offences that are not spent under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974. This includes any offences dealt with by a court of law, HM Services disciplinary procedures and any driving offences.
Before an offer of employment is made a disclosure document from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) may be obtained. If, at any stage, a conviction is highlighted that you have not declared, your application will be withdrawn from the recruitment process.

I have a disability. Can I still become a firefighter?
Yes. The Disability Discrimination Act 1995 has now been amended and the role of firefighter is no longer exempt from the act. This means that anyone who considers themselves to have a disability can apply to join the fire service.
A disability is defined by the act as: anyone who has a physical or mental impairment which has a substantial and long term adverse effect on his/her ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities.
You will be asked if you have a disability as part of the recruitment process and to give details of the type of adjustments you may require in order to take part in the selection process and to fulfil the role of a firefighter, should you be successful. Each case will be considered on an individual basis and if reasonable adjustments can be made to enable you to take part in the selection process and to fulfill the role of a firefighter, then your application will proceed.

I am dyslexic. Will I be able to cope with the online tests?
Dyslexia is classed as a disability and you will be asked if you have a disability as part of the recruitment process. When you get to the timed online tests you will be asked if you suffer with dyslexia and you should answer “yes”. You will then be given additional time to undertake the assessments. You will be required to provide evidence of your dyslexia.

How fit do you have to be to become a firefighter?
You will need to be reasonably fit and maintain your fitness levels throughout your career as a firefighter. You will be required to undertake a fitness test to determine your aerobic capacity is at least a VO2 max level of 42. You are also required to maintain a healthy weight and lifestyle.

I have a medical condition which I think may exclude me. How do I find out?
There are several medical conditions that will exclude you from joining as a firefighter. We suggest that if you have any condition you are unsure about, the easiest way to confirm whether or not this may exclude you is to contact us.

I wear glasses/ have had laser eye surgery. Can I apply?
Yes. Firefighters require good vision in both eyes and part of the recruitment process will include an eye test. Our Occupational Health Team will determine whether your vision meets the standards to become a firefighter.

Will being colour blind prevent me from becoming a firefighter?
You should have an appropriate level of colour perception. The recommended test procedure uses the Ishihara test as the initial screen, with two additional tests if the applicant fails the screening, to determine the severity and type of colour vision deficiency.

What qualifications do I need to become a firefighter?
You need have a standard equivalent to GCSEs grade A* – C in Maths and English. Evidence of your qualifications will be required.

Can I choose which station to work at?
Candidates will be placed at stations where there are vacancies. Firefighters may also be required to transfer and work at other stations in the county.