Disability ConfidentAvon Fire & Rescue Service has a range of employment opportunities including Retained Firefighter and support staff posts.

Avon Fire & Rescue Service will launch our recruitment campaign for Wholetime Firefighters in May 2017. We will publish more details on these pages so please check regularly for further information. 

To be eligible to apply you must:

  • Reside within the Avon Fire & Rescue Service area - you will be required to show proof of this at each stage of the selection process.
  • Be aged 18 or over on 23 October 2017 – this is when the eight week training school commences, you will not be allowed to take any holiday during the training period.
  • Have a high level of cardiovascular fitness and upper body strength - some elements of the firefighter role are very physical.
  • Either possess a GCSE Grade C or above in both English and Maths (or equivalent) or pass our own written tests.
  • Have a full driving licence and access to your own vehicle. 

If you have any questions about criminal or driving convictions and whether these may affect your application please contact our HR Department for confidential advice. 

We will publish more details over the next few weeks to assist you in preparing for the selection process, therefore please do not contact the HR Department for information.

In the interim we advise that you increase your fitness and strength training. In addition, if you have any potential eyesight or hearing issues we recommend you are tested by your GP or optician to ensure you can meet our minimum standards prior to applying.   


All of our vacancies are listed here.  If there are no vacancies listed, we are not recruiting and regret that we are unable to respond to enquiries about when we will next be recruiting.

Retained duty firefighters


Is it for me?

Why did you want to become a firefighter?

"While at sixth form I lost my sense of direction and ended up in a careers office. A computer suitability test recommended three possible jobs. Air cabin crew and forestry were the first two and I didn’t think I would be any good at forestry. The third suggestion was the fire service. The rest is history." - John Rides, Southmead Fire Station

How hard did you find training school?

"Training school was hard in places. I found the written work the most challenging and adapting to the work hours as I'd never had a job before. As you can guess it could also be quite physically demanding out in the drill yard with hose running and wearing breathing apparatus. The hard work definitely pays off though with your family and friends all coming to your pass-out parade at the end of the 12 weeks and you really do make some great mates - also not many people can say they get paid to practice cutting up cars and putting out fires!" - James Linehan, Firefighter

How was your first day on shift?

"My first day on call was exciting and nerve-racking, a mixture of all emotions." - Sally Evans, Thornbury Fire Station.