Firefighter.
It means so much more.

Fire preventer. Fire educator. Future protector.
The role of a Firefighter goes beyond the name.
Do you have what it takes to protect the future of others?

What it really means
to protect

London Fire Brigade

London is one of the most diverse cities in this world and we need a workforce that reflects that. Hear what our firefighters have to say about the importance of welcoming people from all walks of life into the London Fire Brigade family.

London Fire Brigade

Preparation plays a massive role in safeguarding the community, from the smallest task like checking equipment to carrying out large-scale inspections. Crew Manager Chanel from LFB Bexley walks us through the processes and training involved behind the scenes.

London Fire Brigade

Public education is one of the biggest aspects of firefighting and crucial in saving lives through prevention. Firefighter Katy from LFB Hayes tells us more about the active role firefighters play in the community and how rewarding it can be to make a difference.

London Fire Brigade

While only 3% of firefighting is fire response, you’ll need to be ready to rise to these occasions. Crew Manager Chanel from LFB Bexley shares her first-hand account on how she approaches high-stress scenarios with critical thinking.

Think you’ve got what it takes
to protect?

Think you know firefighting?
Think again.

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The wages are low and there's no pension. end quote

Think again.

You’ll earn £26,211 p.a. as a trainee Firefighter. Once fully qualified, this will increase to £34,900 p.a. Firefighters also receive great benefits including a pension scheme, childcare support, interest-free loans, training opportunities and a flexible working arrangement.

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There’s no career ladder to climb. end quote

Think again.

This is a career, not just a job, and you’ll never be stuck doing the same thing day after day. Not only can you progress with promotion, but you can diversify your role and become a specialist within the organisation.

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Shift work complicates my routine. end quote

Think again.

Firefighting’s in favour of work-life balance. While you will need to work irregular shift patterns, you may find that it actually allows for more flexibility in your everyday life.

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You have to be strong. Like kick-down-doors strong. end quote

Think again.

Firefighters come in all shapes and sizes. While you do have to be physically fit, technique is more important than strength. Through training, you’ll learn how to tackle physical tasks correctly and, above all safely. Your natural physical build could be your strength when it comes to certain situations, like being small and agile enough to manoeuvre in tight spaces.

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It must be boring hanging around, waiting for a fire. end quote

Think again.

Only 3% of the role is fighting fire. Most of your time is spent preventing it through school programmes, household visits and building site checks, and preparing for it with intensive training courses.

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I don’t want a job where I’m in danger 24/7. end quote

Think again.

First response is a small part of the job; 97% of the time you’ll be immersed in community or station work. But when you do respond to an emergency, you’ll be trained to tackle it smartly and safely, never acting alone.

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I don’t fit the mould of a firefighter, especially as a woman. end quote

Think again.

Our doors are open to everyone. Dany Cotton, the first female commissioner believes ‘women make fantastic firefighters’. We look for the best people to do the job, who can contribute unique skills and perspectives.

News and Events

Firefighter attraction day

17 December
Paddington fire station 17/12/2017 9am - 5pm

The day is an interactive opportunity for women to learn more about the role of the firefighter, potential career and progression opportunities as well as try the fitness tests you would need to pass. Following the event you will be offered a fitness programme to support you to achieve your goals.