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Becoming a firefighter


You can apply at the age of 17 years and 6 months, but you have to be at least 18 years of age to join. There is currently no upper age limit.

There are no height restrictions, however, you will need to pass a series of role based tests such as removing a ladder from the rear of a fire appliance.

We are an equal opportunities employer and we particularly welcome applications from under represented groups of the community. Please see our webpage: Equality and diversity, for more information.

In line with the requirements of the Asylum and Immigration Act 1996, all candidates applying for positions with Surrey Fire and Rescue Service must be eligible to live and work in the United Kingdom. Documented evidence of eligibility will be required from candidates as part of the recruitment and selection process.


  • Participate in and pass the core technical and professional development programmes.
  • Five GCSE passes (A*-C) including Maths and English or equivalent level two qualification.
  • A valid driving licence that enables you to drive in the UK or the ability to learn if required.

Knowledge and experience

  • An understanding of health and safety in the workplace.
  • To have worked within a team environment to achieve objectives of the organisation.
  • Experience of providing a customer focused service.
  • Experience of having managed problems, and effective decision making ability.

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Skills and abilities

  • Able to understand the role of the firefighter and the Fire and Rescue Service within the community.
  • Able to show organisational awareness, in particular the role of the Firefighter in the context of the wider
    team and service objectives.
  • Able to establish and maintain effective working relationships with colleagues, the community and other
  • Able to adopt a customer focused approach to service delivery, treating all service users fairly, equally
    and consistently.
  • Able to be open and flexible in respect of change, and actively participate in devising solutions to problems
    that may occur from time to time.
  • Effective communication skills that demonstrate professionalism within the Service and towards the public,
    partner agencies and other service providers.
  • Able to demonstrate a calm, confident and resilient approach to unpredictable, challenging or dangerous
  • Ability to work in an organised way managing priorities and deadlines.
  • Ability to work effectively with technology and able to demonstrate competence with basic software or IT
  • Ability to work methodically and with attention to detail.
  • A demonstrable commitment to continuous professional development or the attainment of personal goals.
  • A proactive approach to work, and the achievement of a consistently high standard of work.
  • Ability to demonstrate a respect for others and willingness to challenge.

Equal opportunities