Wholetime Firefighter Recruitment - Training

Training and progression

You will receive full support during your initial basic training course to give you the skills to become a professional firefighter.  

The basic training course will run for up to 14 weeks when you will learn core skills needed for a Firefighter. Successful candidates must be able to attend all of the basic training course. This training will be held at various locations across the county, and only some parts of the course might have residential option.

After completing training you will progress to a probationary period and will be assigned to a Watch (Shift) at a fire station. All firefighters in development undertake the Operational Firefighter Level 3 Apprenticeship to support them to becoming competent in the role.  The apprenticeship is delivered by our commissioned training provider and typically takes between 18 and 24 months to complete.   It is a requirement of the Operational Firefighter apprenticeship that candidates must achieve Functional Skills Level 2 in maths and English, unless they already hold equivalent qualifications and learners will be fully supported to achieve these during their apprenticeship programme.

Further information on the Operational Firefighter Level 3 Apprenticeship

All training is designed to give you the confidence when doing the job and to guide you to success.  At Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service we value our people and believe in developing them to their maximum potential. 

Everyone who joins the Fire and Rescue Service has the same opportunities to develop and progress through the Service.

Please note that during our January 2022 campaign we are only recruiting for Wholetime Firefighters and the Apprenticeship programme will be completed only as part of the development pathway. We are not recruiting for the Apprentice Firefighters during this campaign.

Salary scales
Wholetime FirefighterApprentice Firefighter
Trainee: £ 22,908

Currently - £159.10 ( £4.30 per hour)
From 1 April 2022 - £177.97 ( £4.81 per hour)

Development: £ 23,862If a fixed term or permanent contract is offered the pay will be that of a wholetime firefighter
Competent: £ 30,533