Wholetime Firefighter Recruitment

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.

Campaign Update - February 2021

We're now recruiting for wholetime firefighters for the North, East and West of Scotland

Applications are for our June, August and September intakes.

Our recruitment programme has been reduced to take account of COVID government guidelines and it is inevitable that candidates will experience delays in being progressed in line with our vacancy profile.

We ask you to remain patient and would request that you do not contact the Resourcing Team to check on the status of your application, as they are unable to respond to the volume of enquiries being received.

Please be assured that we will provide updates and contact you as and when we are ready to progress your application.

Practical Selection Testing and Training Venues – COVID-19

In response to Scottish Government advice on COVID-19, including Protection Levels, SFRS has considered what adjustments are required to how we work and operate to help reduce the transmission of COVID-19 to protect our staff, the communities we serve and our ability to provide an emergency response for Scotland.

Please be assured that appropriate safe systems of work have been put in place to ensure your safety when attending an SFRS site.



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Frequently   Asked Questions

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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.


Meet your crew 


 “It’s the perfect job for me.”

- Joseph Mendy, Firefighter

"I studied hard to learn what the fire service is all about – because it isn’t just about fires. We attend at a whole range of different types of emergency and we also carry out a lot of prevention work to help people stay safe, particularly the vulnerable and the elderly.”



“If I can do it, anyone can!”

- Laura Robinson, Firefighter

“I hope no one is put off applying because they’re unsure about the physical side, or put off by the idea of being one of few women. Look at me – I’m five foot one, short and a bit stumpy, but everyone has their own skills and attributes. There’s one guy in our team that’s 6ft 4 – he’s not getting through the same small gap that I can fit through."



“The course was brilliant"

- Lewis Clark, Firefighter

“The course was brilliant, I think I lost 5kg in the first three weeks, running out ladders and things like that. Everything was real. Their mentality was there’s no point in training us in an environment you’re not going to go into."


"It's different from being a volunteer firefighter in Paraguay!"

- Clara Kay, Firefighter

“When I came to Scotland I applied to join but I failed the bleep test – it was all so different from being a volunteer firefighter in Paraguay. It was easy to get into the Paraguan service but I had a lot to learn here to get through the tough process. We need to hit the standard to ensure we are safe to respond and protect the public."


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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