London Fire Brigade is hiring - find out if you can apply here
PUBLISHED: 14:11 13 October 2017
Applicants no longer have to live in London or hold a driver's licence
Would-be firefighters have the chance to put their name forward for a job as London Fire Brigade began a recruitment campaign this week.
The Brigade is searching for 400 people to start their career as a firefighter and develop into other firefighting specialisms such as technical rescue, fire investigation and community prevention work.
London Fire Commissioner Dany Cotton said: “There is no more important time to become a firefighter in London.
“The five terrorist attacks and the tragic Grenfell blaze this year has shown our firefighters must be prepared to deal with every eventuality that can occur in our capital.
“Tackling fires, though, is now thankfully a smaller part of a firefighter’s role than ever before.
“Modern firefighting is so much more than tackling fires. In any given day you could be helping to stabilise the driver at a road traffic collision, pumping out water of a flooded property or fitting smoke alarms that save the life of an elderly Londoner.”
All recruits must:
• Be a UK/EU citizen, without work restrictions or be a permanent resident in UK.
• Pass certain rigorous physical and job related tests
• Pass medical and eye examinations.
• Be at least 17.5 years old as of the closing date of the advert.
London Fire Authority members recently approved the suspension of the London residency requirement for applicants and removed the requirement to have a driver’s licence. Instead successful applicants will be expected to pass their LGV test within the first three years of employment.