Role of a firefighter

Job Description

You’ll need certain personal qualities and attributes to help you fulfil your role as a firefighter such as commitment to diversity, integrity, confidence, empathy, adaptability and effective communication.

The role of a firefighter is ever-changing. Although responding to emergencies is what we’re known for, the reality is that we spend a lot of time carrying out other roles and tasks including prevention and education, training and development and working within the community

Prevention and Education

  • prevent fire and accidents from starting in the first place#
  • supporting the health agenda through falls response and working empathetically to help and care for people in whatever cap
  • delivering Safe and Well visits and advising people about risks to their safety, health and wellbeing.

Working within the community

  • support the community by visiting schools, community centres and people in their own homes – in fact, anywhere our fire safety message can be delivered
  • actively seeking to understand and to value diverse individuals and groups, working with some of the most vulnerable members of our communities
  • school and nursery visits where we deliver bespoke safety education.

Training and Development

  • undertake a continuous training programme of lectures, exercises, practical training sessions and other forms of training to maintain competency levels
  • take responsibility for developing your own skills
  • ensuring your fitness levels are maintained, as the work can be both physically and mentally demanding.

Responding to Emergencies

  • respond immediately and safely to all emergency calls
  • minimise distress and suffering, including giving first aid
  • dealing with many kinds of emergencies, including pumping out flooded premises, chemical spillages, providing casualty care and extraction at road traffic accidents and rescuing people who are trapped in buildings or lifts.

We’re actively encouraging applications from female candidates and from members of the West Midlands’ black, Asian and ethnic minority communities. These groups are under-represented in our organisation, and it’s important to us that our workforce reflects the diversity of our communities as much as possible. But the process is, of course, open to all. You can read more about this in our positive action section

If you would like to register your interest in joining the West Midlands Fire Service as a Firefighter, please follow this link –