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Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service


146 Bolton Road

Swinton, Manchester

M27 8US

Tel: 0161 736 5866

For a FREE Home Safety Check please call:

0800 555 815

Basic Standards and Qualities

So, you're thinking about joining us. It is important to point out that there are some basic but essential standards that all our recruits must meet.

These are:

  • You are 18 years of age.
  • You hold a full category 'B' (car) or equivalent driving licence.
  • You are eligible to live and work in the UK (or if you are a commonwealth citizen or foreign national, is your stay in the UK free of restrictions?)
  • You will be required to pass certain rigorous physical and job related tests (such as working within confined spaces and at heights).
  • You will also be required to undergo stringent medical and eye examinations to make sure you're suitable to undertake arduous firefighting duties.
  • You must have good colour vision (as tested by Ishihara plates). Your eyesight will also be tested by a qualified ophthalmologist.

Is firefighting for you?

A lot of people find the idea of being a firefighter quite attractive. The trouble is, many people don't take enough time to think about whether or not they're truly suited to the role. And that can lead to disappointment when they discover it isn't what they expected.

To find out whether or not you're cut out for a career as a Retained firefighter in the Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service, why not take a minute to consider the following questions? They'll give you a good steer as to the range of qualities a modern Retained firefighter needs.

  • Do you have the ability to relate to, and get on with, people from different backgrounds and cultures?
  • Could you remain calm and collected in pressurised situations?
  • Are you prepared to follow instructions from others?
  • Do you have the confidence to act on your own initiative?
  • Are you prepared to work unsociable hours, including night shifts, weekend work and public holidays?
  • Do you enjoy working as part of a team?
  • Are you committed to promoting the safety of your community?
  • Would you be able to deal sensitively with members of the public in difficult and emotional situations?
  • Are you prepared, at emergency incidents, to work for several hours in challenging conditions without a break?

If you've answered yes to all of the above, you could make a great Retained firefighter. But the only way to find out for real is to apply. A word of warning though, our application process is very thorough.

To see it through you'll need plenty of commitment and dedication. However, should you be accepted, the rewards of helping to keep your community safe from harm will make the effort more than worthwhile.

For more information about our Retained Fire Stations:

Last update: 05/08/2014 14:15:57
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