Work experience in Surrey Fire and Rescue Service

Career insights in Surrey Fire and Rescue Service

We will be piloting career insights as an alternative to the traditional work experience pathway. Career insights will be run during 2022 and will involve a cohort of students being invited to join our crews for the day either on station, or within our Joint Fire Control team (the team who handle our 999 calls).

Dates are not confirmed but will take place between May and July 2022.

At Surrey Fire and Rescue Service, we intend to offer insight to students who wish to learn more about community protection, team work, positive attitudes, and how to get the best from yourself and others.

We would like to encourage enthusiastic students to seek approval from their school if they are interested in being part of the pilot.

Who can apply for our career insights?

Rather than receiving individual requests from students, we are working in partnership with schools to build a cohort of students who wish to learn about what it is like to work within Surrey Fire and Rescue service.

Our work experience scheme is aimed at students within Year 10 usually.

We also have some placements available for college or university students who are studying for a degree with a forensics focus within our Fire Investigation team. This is a longer placement usually for a gap year and we have very limited space.

Benefits of a career insight placement with Surrey Fire and Rescue Service

There are many rewards and benefits of work experience. By choosing to do a placement with us, we will help you:

  • Gain practical experience in the job you are interested in.
  • Raise your awareness of current developments in the work area.
  • Improve your future job prospects. Work experience can make you more interesting to employers and give you something to talk about on job applications and your CV.
  • Gain confidence as you build on your skills and knowledge.
  • Create professional networks.
  • Explore career options to make a positive career choice.
  • Gain excellent knowledge and insight into a fire and rescue service.

What you can expect from us

  • A programme designed to provide insight into an emergency service.
  • First-hand experience of what happens in a typical day on the job.
  • An opportunity to meet different people in your chosen area, ask questions and learn more.
  • A safe and secure placement where you will be treated fairly and with respect.
  • Knowledge of public sector.
  • Encouragement and support.

Contact us for career insights

If you are interested in a career insights day with Surrey Fire and Rescue Service, please email us at

We will look to run work experience again in 2023, so please return to this page for further details.

Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee finding you a placement, but we will do our best to support you.