At Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service our team do so much more than just fighting fires, we also attend road traffic collisions, animal rescues, ambulance assists and a huge variety of other incidents. On top of this we are consistently engaging with the community to promote education and teaching as well as working on prevention as much as we are responding.
Behind the scenes we have a huge number of non operational staff who play a massive role in the service such as our recruitment team, fire control, training, learning and development, workshops and countless other roles that enable us to provide the best possible service to the community.
If your acquired skills and life experiences have given you all the things on our list, then we want to hear from you.
Wholetime Firefighter recruitment
Our next wholetime recruitment campaign is expected to be in 2024. You should check back here regularly and follow us on social media to be notified when recruitment opens.
If you are interested in joining SFRS and live or work 5-8 minutes from a fire station you should look at becoming an on-call firefighter. Click on the link above to find out more.
SFRS is not currently recruiting for wholetime firefighters at this time. Please check back or follow us on social to be notifed when the next window opens.
There are a lot of myths about becoming a firefighter. Read below to separate the facts from the fiction!
Myth! There are no height restrictions to become a firefighter.
Myth! Lots of our team are parents and being a firefighter fits perfectly around them.
Partial myth - You do have to be prepared to put the work in but there’s guidance available for our fitness tests.
Myth! We go to various incidents including RTC’s, chemical jobs and water rescue. We also work on fire prevention.
Here are some of the qualities and attributes we look for in a firefighter:
To be trustworthy and reliable
Able to understand and respect diversity and adopt a fair and ethical approach to others
You are open to change and actively seek to support it
An effective communicator, both verbally and in writing
Willing to work scheduled shifts including nights, weekends and public holidays
Able to understand, retain, apply & adapt relevant information in an organised, safe & systematic way
Able to work effectively with others, both within the fire and rescue service and the community
Able to maintain an active awareness of the environment to promote safe and effective working
Be committed to work and able to develop yourself and others
Able to adopt a conscientious and proactive approach to work to achieve excellent standards
Able to maintain a confident and resilient attitude in highly challenging situations