About the firefighter role

Ask any firefighter and they will tell you it’s the best job in the world. What’s great about being a firefighter at Avon Fire & Rescue Service is the opportunity to progress your career and develop your skillset and there are so many opportunities to learn and develop.

There is so much variation to the role, each day you will be faced with something different. You can progress with promotion, but you can also diversify your role and become a specialist:

And so much more…

Our pay and benefits

Firefighter (Trainee)27,178
Firefighter (Development)28,310
Firefighter (Competent)36,226
Crew Manager36,668 – 40,161
Watch Manager39,077 – 44,911
Station Manager44,488 – 51,525
Group Manager51,239 – 59,642
Area Manager60,155 – 69,283

Benefits include: Pension scheme, a very competitive maternity and paternity package, interest free loans, training opportunities.

Our shift patterns work well around other commitments

Firefighters have found that the work patterns allow for a better work-life balance

Essential criteria 

If you ask most people what the role of a firefighter entails, a common answer would be ‘putting out fires’ and although that is a really important part of the role – firefighting involves so much more, including: 


A huge part of our work is focused on providing advice to local people about how they can keep themselves safe. It’s often said that prevention is better than cure which is why our firefighters spend a considerable amount of time visiting people’s homes, businesses and schools educating and providing fire safety advice. This type of work has and continues to play a huge part in reducing the number of people who are killed in fires each year.


We also take steps to keep people safe through our work in areas such as fire safety. This part of our role includes making sure businesses are meeting their legal responsibilities to reduce risk to members of the public and taking necessary action where they don’t.


When a member of the public rings 999 and desperately needs our help we are ready to respond to a wide range of emergencies – and it’s not just fires we go to. 

Our firefighters are equipped with the skills and training needed to deal with everything from road traffic collisions, firefighting, chemical incidents, rope, water, and animal rescue, as well as provide medical care to those in need. 

Remind you of anyone? 

All of our staff are ordinary people, doing extraordinary things when they come to work. 

To be a firefighter you need to have great communication skills, you need to be driven and committed, you need to be a problem solver, you need to be physically fit but most of all you need to be someone who cares deeply about making a difference to our communities and the people we serve.  

If that sounds like you, then yes you can be a firefighter. 

Our values  

Find out more on our Vision, Mission and Values

Our Values
Page last updated