Apprenticeship closing date:

2018/02/16 00:00:00

Firefighting is not like any other job


It can be unpredictable, exciting and rewarding coupled with the satisfaction and respect that comes with providing a crucial service to your local community.


Fire crews will be called upon to attend the full range of incidents including fires, floods, road traffic collisions, chemical spills and more. You will learn new skills along the way such as first aid, road traffic collision procedures and fire safety, and there is an opportunity for you to learn other skills, such as Large Goods Vehicle (LGV) driver. Firefighters work closely with the community to increase their level of awareness and to help prevent incidents from occurring in the first place.

We are recruiting Apprentice Firefighters!


What are the entry requirements?

To be eligible to apply for the apprenticeship scheme, you will:

  • Have GCSE’s in Maths and English Language A* – C (or equivalent)
  • Be at least 18 years old by the start date
  • Hold a full UK driving license
  • Live within 20 miles of the Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes border

In addition we are looking for candidates who demonstrate:

  •  A ‘Can Do’ attitude
  • A keen interest in the Fire and Rescue Services
  • A willingness to learn
  • The ability to communicate effectively with a range of people
  • The ability to work in a team environment
  • The ability to achieve a good level of physical fitness
  • The ability to follow instructions
  • The ability to think about the bigger picture in a dynamic and challenging environment.

Apprentice firefighters will operate within wholetime crews and must therefore be prepared to work days, nights, weekends and bank holidays as required, alongside their wholetime counterparts.

What qualifications will you achieve?

During this apprenticeship you will achieve the following qualifications:

  • Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Emergency Fire Services Operations in the Community;
  • Level 3 Diploma in Emergency Fire and Rescue Services Operations in the Community;
  • Functional Skills in IT;
  • Personal learning and thinking skills;
  • Employment Rights and Responsibilities


How will I be assessed during the apprenticeship scheme?

  • On the job observations
  • Written assessments
  • Evidence of your duties / tasks performed
  • Reports from mentors and managers
  • Assessments in English; Maths and IT
  • Production of an e-portfolio of evidence


What happens after the apprenticeship?

At the end of the two year apprenticeship scheme, Encompass will work closely with the apprentice to identify the next steps, this could include:

  • Employment within Buckinghamshire & Milton Keynes Fire Authority
  • Further or higher education
  • Employment with another Fire and Rescue Service

Recruitment Process

Detailed below are the stages of the recruitment process, only those successful at the previous stage will move onto the next stage. We are currently not planning to recruit until the last quarter of 2019. Check back for dates:

Apply Online TBD
Online Psychometric testing TBD
Role Related Tests and aptitude testing TBD
Uniform and kit fitting TBD
Interviews followed by Breathing Apparatus face fit TBD
Medicals and Disclosure and Barring Service checks (DBS) TBD
Formal Offers of employment TBD

BasicTraining Course

Successful candidates will be required to attend an 11 week basic training course commencing 23rd April 2018.

Week 1 Aylesbury & Haddenham Fire Station Induction Week
Weeks 2-6 Aylesbury & Haddenham Fire Station Training Provided by the Service (in-house)
Weeks 7-11 The Fire Service College, Moreton-in-Marsh Residential Firefighter Training programme

Week 7-11 is a residential course and candidates are required to stay Monday through to Friday during their time at the Fire Service College (food and accommodation is provided on site).

Calls for our assistance include:

  • Animal rescues
  • Road traffic collisions
  • Property fires
  • Industrial fires
  • Fires in the open
  • Water rescues
  • Humanitarian assistance
  • Medical assistance
  • and many many more…

Steps to becoming an Apprentice Firefighter:

  1. Pre-application checks
  2. Online application
  3. Online tests – BSQ/ SJT
  4. Role related tests (physical fitness)
  5. Eye test (opticians)
  6. Kit-fitting
  7. Interview
  8. Medical and DBS check
  9. Formal offer of employment



A newly recruited Apprentice Firefighter will be paid inline with the schedule set out below, subject to satisfactory progress and performance reviews.

Starting Salary After 6-months After 12-months After 18-months
£16,425 £18,110 £19,795 £21,480

Our Fire stations


There are twenty strategically placed stations across Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes. These include ten stand-alone On-Call stations, eight combined Wholetime/On-Call stations and two Wholetime stations.

1. Amersham
2. Aylesbury
3. Beaconsfield
4. Bletchley
5. Brill
6. Broughton
7. Buckingham

*  Wholetime only stations

8. Chesham
9. Gerrards Cross*
10. Great Holm
11. Great Missenden
12. Haddenham
13. High Wycombe
14. Marlow

15. Newport Pagnell*
16. Olney
17. Princes Risborough
18. Stokenchurch
19. Waddesdon
20. Winslow

Our Values


Underpinning everything we do is a set of values to which we aspire in all our dealings, whether they are with the public, partner agencies or our own staff.

These values embrace:

Service to the community

  • Working with all groups to reduce risk
  • Treating everyone fairly and with respect
  • Striving for excellence in all we do
  • Being answerable to those we serve


  • Fairness and respect
  • Recognising commitment and the achievement of excellent service
  • Honesty and trust
  • Opportunities to develop and learn
  • Co-operation and inclusive working


  • Accepting responsibility for our performance and actions
  • Being open-minded and receptive to alternative approaches
  • Learning from our experiences
  • Supporting others to enable them to achieve their goals
  • Encourage innovation and creativity


  • Treating everyone fairly and with respect
  • Challenging prejudice and discrimination
  • Creating opportunities to meet the different needs of people and the communities
  • Promoting equal opportunities in terms of recruitment, promotion and retention

Have some questions?

Send an email to our inquiry MAIL BOX

Firefighter Transferees

Buckinghamshire & Milton Keynes Fire Authority is currently accepting expressions of interest for transferees from other brigades for Wholetime Firefighter roles.

In preparation for potential future vacancies, we are currently seeking expressions of interest from whole-time operational staff who are substantive and competent Firefighters.

If you would consider transferring to a forward thinking, progressive Fire Authority, that encourages developing a range of skills to help serve the community, then we would like to hear from you.

It’s easy to express your interest – just email with the following information:

  • Full name
  • Address and preferred contact details – phone and email
  • Substantive position and current service/brigade
  • Details of any specialist skills or training

You will be placed on a holding list and contacted when a recruitment process is to be undertaken.

Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service is an equal opportunity employer and applications from people of any colour, race, nationality, ethnic origin, religion, gender, sexual orientation, marital status or disability are welcomed.