Thank you for considering a role within Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service.

We are looking for people to work across all locations within the county of Norfolk which include:

  • Kings Lynn

  • Great Yarmouth

  • Norwich

  • Thetford

  • Urban Search and Rescue (Dereham)

It does not matter where you live as applications are not postcode restricted.

There is no upper age limit in joining the service although you must be 18 years old once you commence training, (11th February 2019).

It is important that you read the instructions on the application form and answer every question.

Completed application forms will be carefully checked and the answers scored. If you are shortlisted you will be invited to the assessment day where you will undertake the written and physical assessments.


All applicants must have five GCSE’s grade A* – C including Maths and English Language, or equivalent.

Please note that if they are equivalent, the equivalent to Maths and English Language grade A* – C must be included. These are categorised as Level 2 qualifications. Please visit  for a list of equivalent Level 2 qualifications.

For those applicants who are not currently employed as an existing competent on call or wholetime firefighter in a UK service, Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service will run the Apprentice Firefighter programme. If you are currently employed with Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service as an on call firefighter but have not passed your Gateway 1 Assessment you will also be classed as an Apprentice Firefighter.

Successful applicants who become Apprentice Firefighters will be required to attend a 12 week induction course which will be residential. Serving Firefighters will not attend the 12 week induction course, rather they will undertake a skills gap analysis to evaluate and identify any additional training and skills which may be required when they join the service.

Successful applicants may be placed on a list for possible entry into the Service in 2019/2020. Given current circumstances and the potential for changes in Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service there can be no guarantee that successful applicants will be employed at a specific time.

You should be aware that successful completion of this process does not guarantee employment.

Note regarding completion of the PAR-Q Physical Readiness Section within the application form – updated 8 August 2018

There have been a number of queries raised regarding the completion of the above section which forms part of the application form.

Please be advised that when completing this section you are required to confirm that you do not have any of the medical conditions stated and that you are not taking any of the specified medications by selecting the Yes box.

If you do have any of the medical conditions stated or are taking any of the specified medications we would advise you not to undertake the physical assessments until you have spoken to your GP to discuss this, and select the No box on the application form.

For candidates who have already submitted their application form prior to today’s date and who are successful at the shortlisting stage, you may be required to complete a further declaration prior to the physical assessments which you will be sent.


Recruitment Process Dates:

  • Closing date for applications: midnight 27th August 2018

  • Assessment days will take place in weeks commencing 8th and 15th October 2018.

  • Interviews will take place over 2 weeks commencing 5th November 2018.

  • Medicals will take place on the 6th and 13th December 2018

  • Residential Induction Course starts 11th February 2019

Please be aware that we expect this recruitment campaign to be very popular and therefore if we receive a significant amount of application forms before the closing date we may close the campaign before the advertised date.


Applications closed