Force protection Firefighter CURRENTLY RECRUITING

As an RAF Firefighter you will provide 24/7 fire and crash rescue protection. You will be organised and trained to respond to any emergency with highly specialised equipment like powerful cutting tools.

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Pay During Initial Training £15,670+ + Benefits

After Successful Completion Of Phase Two Training £20,000+ + Benefits

Is this for you?

APPLICANTS MUST:

  • Be aged 17 – 47 (Must attest before 48th birthday)
  • Be a citizen of the United Kingdom or the Republic of Ireland, holder of dual UK/Other nationality or have been a Commonwealth citizen since birth
  • Have GCSE at Grade C/4-5 or SCE Standard Grade at Grade 2/Scottish National 5 in English Language
  • GCSE at Grade C/4-5 or SCE Standard Grade at Grade 2/Scottish National 5 in Maths
  • Hold a current full, clean UK driving licence
  • Commit minimum 3 years post Phase Two Training
  • Meet the health and fitness criteria
  • Pass the Airmen Selection Test
  • Pass a Fitness test - Details below

GREAT FOR THOSE INTERESTED IN:

  • Helping people
  • Sport & Fitness
  • Travelling the world

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WHAT WILL YOU DO?

TYPICAL RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Be a component of the Force Protection element for Defence when both in the UK and Overseas
  • Work as part of a close-knit team, deployable on short-notice to any location world-wide
  • Resolve incidents involving aircraft, buildings, hazardous substances and incidents caused by hostile activities

Crash fire rescue is one of the most aggressive firefighting disciplines requiring courage and professionalism. Firefighters form a component part of the operations element for Defence when operating both in the UK and overseas.

As part of a close-knit team, you can be deployed within short time frames to any location worldwide using limited resources to offer a multitude of fire response, prevention, and protection duties to meet Defence requirements. You will receive exceptional training to ensure you are adequately prepared to respond and resolve incidents involving aircraft, buildings, vehicles, hazardous substances and incidents caused by hostile activities.

In addition, you may also have the opportunity to gain fire prevention qualifications to ensure you can provide MOD personnel a safe and secure environment. (Note: due to the sophistication and efficiency of aircraft, and advancements in early fire detection on MOD establishments, fire crews spend significantly less time responding to aircraft and domestic fires than historically attended.)

WHY JOIN THE RAF?

Thanks to subsidised food, travel, accommodation and free gym you get more money in your pocket.

Salary
Benefits Salary
Civilian Role
RAF Role
  • Rent from £75p/m
  • Free gym
  • Subsidised food
  • Health care
  • World travel
  • 6 weeks holiday

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TRAINING AND CAREER

TRAINING YOU’LL RECEIVE

Your career will start with a 10-week Basic Recruit Training Course at RAF Halton in Buckinghamshire. The course is designed to help you adjust to a military environment. As well as fitness and military training, you’ll also learn about the RAF lifestyle.

SPECIALIST TRAINING

The 14 weeks specialist Firefighter training course takes place at the Defence Fire Training & Development Centre Manston in Kent. The specialist course will teach you:

  • Fire Extinguisher Maintenance
  • Fire Service Drill
  • Breathing Apparatus operations
  • Structural Firefighting operations
  • Road Traffic Incident Techniques
  • Aircraft Construction
  • Crash Firefighting Operations

You will deal with ‘live’ practice fires and gain experience of specialist crash rescue fire-fighting vehicles.

As part of specialist training you will be enrolled on to a Level 3 Operational Firefighter Apprenticeship. This is a 24 - 30 month programme you will complete as part of your daily duties.

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ADDITIONAL QUALIFICATION OPPORTUNITIES

 Level 3 Award in Incident Command

  • Level 3 Certificate in Assessing
  • Level 3 Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement
  • Level 3 Award in Education and Training
  • Level 4 Award in Incident Command
  • Technician Membership Institute of Fire Engineers
  • Graduate Membership Institute of Fire Engineers
  • Member Membership Institute of Fire Engineers
  • Post Graduate Certificate (PGCert) in Emergency Planning, Resilience and Response
  • Post Graduate Diploma (PGDip) in Emergency Planning, Resilience and Response
  • Masters degree (MSc) in Emergency Planning, Resilience and Response

ONGOING TRAINING/DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES

As your career progresses, we will continue to develop you in new skills. Early on you could achieve your category C large goods vehicle driving licence and learn the specialist skills needed to drive fire fighting vehicles by completing an Emergency Response Driver (Airfield) course.

YOUR FIRST TOUR

For your first tour you will be posted to one of eight UK RAF bases where you will work as part of a tight-knit team, on call to handle any emergencies. You will focus on understanding the operation of a live airfield and routine tasks to support the running of the fire station. During this time expect to deploy to one of the ongoing deployment locations for a period of 4 months.

YOUR FUTURE CAREER PROSPECTS AND PROGRESSION

After a year, you will be eligible for promotion to Senior Aircraftman, if you pass a series of Trade Ability Tests. Further promotion to the rank of Corporal and beyond is by competitive selection. Opportunities also exist for suitable individuals to apply to Commission into the Air Operations (Systems) Branch and be employed as a specialist Commissioned Fire Officer.

TRANSFERABLE SKILLS

Because you will have all the development opportunities and career prospects of your civilian counterparts, along with civilian accredited qualifications, if you decide to leave the RAF you’ll be well placed to find a job as a civilian firefighter.

TRAINING AND CAREER

INITIAL TRAINING

Your training will start with a Basic Recruit Training Course (BRTC) consisting of 4 weekends at your chosen RAF Reserves Squadron, followed by a 15 day residential training course at RAF Halton in Buckinghamshire. This training course will prepare you for service life in one of the most respected military forces in the world; it is also designed to help you tune into the military environment and way of life. As well as military training, you will learn about the core values, code of conduct and history of the RAF, as well as its unique lifestyle.

SPECIALIST TRAINING

After successfully completing initial training, you will be trained for your specific role in the RAF either at your squadron or another RAF station in the UK.

Commitment and location

You will have to commit to 27 days per year for 12 years minimum.


Each year includes a 15-day block for general RAF training, and 12 separate days for extra training or exercises.


You might be deployed to a UK or overseas base for up to 6 months after the first year.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

ALL APPLICANTS MUST:

Be a citizen of the United Kingdom or the Republic of Ireland, holder of dual UK/Other nationality or have been a Commonwealth citizen since birth.

Be aged between 17 and 47 years old (Must attest before 48th birthday).

EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS

Have these minimum grades:

GCSEGCSE 2017SNE
MathematicsCGrade 4Grade 5
English LanguageCGrade 4Grade 5

find a list of the approved subjects here

Hold current full UK driving licence.  For candidates under the age of 20 years and 6 months at time of applying, the licence must be free from record of conviction or penalty points, including any driving ban (even if it has expired) as these preclude the holding of a LGV category licence. Candidates over this age with unexpired penalty points may be considered for service in the trade of Firefighter.

You can see what the RAF accepts in lieu of GCSEs & A Levels here

NATIONALITY & RESIDENCY

Be a citizen of the United Kingdom or the Republic of Ireland, holder of dual UK/Other nationality or have been a Commonwealth citizen since birth.

Whether or not you were born in the United Kingdom, you should have resided there for the 5 years immediately preceding your application. However, candidates with a minimum of 3 years will be considered.

Following the MOD announcement that the UK Armed Forces will now be able to recruit commonwealth citizens without the 5 year residency requirement, please note that the RAF continues to apply standard residency requirements for security clearance,  ie, DV employment requires 7-years UK residency immediately prior to enlistment; SC requires 3-years.

Applications from personnel who do not meet the required 3 year UK residency requirement are now closed until further notice, please continue to check the website for further updates.  If you have previous service and are applying to rejoin the Royal Air Force, or meet the UK residency requirements for service, please call 0345 605 5555 and ask to speak to a RAF Recruitment Specialist.

FITNESS REQUIREMENTS

Your first fitness test will take place as part of your Specialist Interview at RAF Manston.

You can see what the course involves here.

The second fitness test will take place at RAF Halton as part of your three-day Pre-Recruit Training Course (PRTC). This consists of the following:

  • Achieving the required score on the Multi-Stage Fitness Test (MSFT or Bleep test)
  • Achieve the required number of press-ups - within 60 seconds
  • Achieve the required number of sit-ups - within 60 seconds

How fit you need to be to pass these tests can vary depending on role, age and gender. The requirements are listed on the charts below (Male and Female).

MALES - 100% pass rates:
AGE2.4 Km RunMulti-Stage Fitness TestPress-upsSit-ups
(Mins)(Score)(No.)(No.)
15-1611.399.032035
17-2911.119.102035
30-3411.369.041932
35-39128.091829
40-4412.268.031726
45-4712.547.071623

FEMALES - 100% pass rates:
AGE2.4 Km RunMulti-Stage Fitness TestPress-upsSit-ups
(Mins)(Score)(No.)(No.)
15-1613.546.071032
17-2913.237.021032
30-3413.476.08929
35-3914.136.04826
40-4414.485.08723
45-4715.195.04620

You can see the protocols for Press Ups & Sit Ups here:

PJFT/PRTC Protocols

You can download an MP3 file of the Multi-Stage Fitness Test below, listen to the introduction file first:

RAF MSFT: Intro

RAF MSFT: Bleep Test

You can see a video demonstration of the PRTC Fitness Test here:

RAF Fitness Test

A 12-week fitness plan with detailed information to help you get ready for all of the fitness tests can be downloaded here.

HEALTH REQUIREMENTS

BEFORE YOUR APPLICATION:

There are health requirements that must be met by all applicants:

  • Body Mass Index requirements:
AgeMale and female minimumMale and female maximumMale maximum with additional assessmentFemale maximum with additional assessment
18 +18283230
16 to < 1817272727
  • Eyesight requirements vary for different roles. A requirement to wear glasses or contact lenses may be allowed for aircrew.

Get in touch if you have any questions about the health criteria, or would like to find out if any additional health requirements apply to your role of interest.

DURING YOUR APPLICATION:

The Medical Risk Assessment that all candidates undergo is there to make sure that you are healthy enough for the intense training required by the RAF. Your application will be rejected if you fail to meet the minimum acceptable medical standard for entry. Your medical history is confidential and is not disclosed to those not authorised to hold this information.

BACKGROUND CHECKS

YOU MUST:

  • Declare any previous spent and unspent convictions
  • Check if you qualify under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 through this summary
  • Have a basic background check to get Security Check level clearance

DISQUALIFYING FACTORS

YOU CAN'T APPLY FOR THE RAF IF YOU:

  • Have been or are a member of a group that stirs up racial hatred and violence
  • Are waiting to appear in court, or have unspent convictions. You may also have to declare spent convictions for certain roles
  • Misuse drugs, solvents and anabolic steroids. But each case is considered upon its own merits
  • Have tattoos, brands or bead implants that are obscene or offensive. 
    Any permanent or temporary tattoos, whether ordinarily visible or not, must not be obscene or offensive (eg, racist, anti-religion or belief, crude, overtly sexist, homophobic, drug related or of an extreme political nature). Tattoos may be worn on the side and back of the neck but tattoos on the back of the neck must not extend above the natural hairline (scalp tattoos are not permitted). In addition, tattoos must not be visible below the sleeve cuff while wearing uniform, although a single finger (not thumb) tattoo that could be covered by a ring may be permitted
  • Have body piercing which causes holes that do not close up
  • Declare yourself to be an 'undischarged' bankrupt

Beard Policy: A revised facial hair policy has been agreed by the Air Force Board which will allow serving personnel to wear a smart, neatly-trimmed, full-set beard whilst maintaining high standards of appearance. The length of acceptable beards is between Grade 1 (2.5mm) and Grade 8 (25.5mm). The wearing of beards during Phase 1 and Phase 2 training is currently under consideration and details will be advised when available

If you don’t have any of the above, you might still be able to apply. For more information contact your local AFCO.

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