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Fireman Jobs Overview

Firefighting provides an opportunity to work for the community and fireman jobs can be rewarding. The job involves reacting to emergency situations and protecting people and property. The emergency could be a:

  • Fire
  • Road, rail, or air traffic accident
  • Someone trapped in a confined space
  • Rescuing people from different situations

Firefighters are expected to deal with working conditions such as intense heat, heights, handling heavy equipment, and carrying out first aid where necessary until medics arrive on the scene. Other aspects of a fireman job include outreach to educate the public on fire prevention and safety. People considering joining rescue services might also be interested in other health and safety jobs.

Fireman Jobs Education Requirements

Firefighters must be 18 years of age, have a good standard of education, physical fitness, good eyesight and hearing. These attributes are more important than academic qualifications. Would-be firefighters have to follow the National Firefighter Selection Process along with a Personal Qualities and Abilities test. If those are completed successfully, they undergo physical testing, an interview and finally a medical.

Fireman Jobs Market

In terms of Fire and Rescue Services, the UK has over 50. Each service recruits autonomously when its cadre of firemen have become depleted by resignations and retirements. Some services might list these positions as firefighter jobs. Other employers of firefighters include:

  • Chemical, gas and oil plants
  • The Ministry of Defence
  • Civil airports
  • The forest industry

Fireman Jobs Salary Information

Firefighters train for 12-18 weeks and are on probation for approximately 2 years. A trainee firefighter can expect to start on a salary close to £22,000, which rises to £29,000 when they are fully experienced. There is a clear career path for firefighters with crew managers earning between £31,000 and £32,500 depending on experience. In addition to full-time firefighters, there are opportunities for only working when called. Experience as a fireman can lead to fire safety jobs in the private sector, which have the potential to pay more.

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