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Have you got what it takes to be a Firefighter?

We are SFRS … You are SFRS

Applications are invited from motivated individuals who have drive, determination, and enthusiasm and who share our values of Safety, Teamwork, Respect & Innovation, to work with our communities and help people when they are most in need.

You MUST be aged 18 years or over (at date of application), meet the required medical and physical fitness standards and be able to demonstrate key qualities such as exceptional team working, communication & problem-solving skills.

Your service. Your career.

Becoming a firefighter with the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service is a rewarding career, and it comes with a wide variety of opportunities. No two days will ever be the same.

Not only could you look to progress, you can also go on to specialise or develop your skills in several areas, including:

  • Prevention and fire safety
  • Driving Fire Appliances
  • Safe Working at Height
  • Mentoring younger people
  • Working with partners and other emergency services
A flexible way of life

As a service, we believe in a positive work-life balance. Our firefighters work on a four day on, four day off shift pattern with alternating two day runs on daytime and night-time shifts.

And while shift patterns are irregular, this is no normal 9 to 5 job – and you might find it leaves you with more flexibility in your day-to-day life.

Modern Apprenticeships

SFRS Firefighter Training and Development Programme is now completed as a Modern Apprenticeship programme. This does not alter entry requirements but means at the end of the three-year Firefighter Training and Development Programme trainees will have completed a Modern Apprenticeship qualification as well as an SVQ.

How do I apply?


Completing the SFRS Values self-selection tool is your first step towards becoming a frontline firefighter, helping to protect communities across Scotland.

But, before you apply, take the time to read all the information available within this section of the website – in relation to the role and our medical and fitness requirements.

Further details can be found here.

Please regularly review our website for updates, which will inform when you should consider submitting your application.

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Recruitment Process and Selection tests