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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Minimum Average Pay Over Your First Year £17,000+ + Benefits

Initial pay after training £18,800+ + 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 Airman Selection Test
  • Pass a General Fitness Test

GREAT FOR THOSE INTERESTED IN:

  • Helping people
  • 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

As an RAF Fire-fighter, you will form a component part of the Force Protection recuperation 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 prevention/protection duties to meet Defence requirements. You will receive exceptional training to ensure you are adequately prepared to respond to 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 Ministry of Defence personnel a safe and secure environment. 

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 next step is a specialist training course, at the Defence Fire Training & Development Centre Manston in Kent; the course consists of 17 weeks basic Fire-fighter training and a further 2 weeks of specific military training which includes:

  • 1-week Apprenticeship Enrollment
  • 1-week Airman Development Training

The basic course will teach you:

  • St Johns Ambulance First Aid at Work
  • Fire Extinguisher Maintenance
  • Fire Service Drill
  • Breathing Apparatus
  • Structural Firefighting
  • 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. Your specialist training will earn you a number of qualifications, including:

  • Accreditation to the Institute of Fire Engineers at a preliminary level
  • St John Ambulance First Aid at Work qualification
  • Home Office accreditation to wear breathing apparatus.
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ADDITIONAL QUALIFICATIONS

  • Level 3 Diploma – Fire Operations in the Community
  • Level 3 Training Assessment Quality Assurance
  • Level 3 Incident Command Award
  • Level 3 Diploma - Watch Manager
  • Level 4 Incident Command Award
  • Technician Institute of Fire Engineers
  • Graduate Institute of Fire Engineers
  • Member Institute of Fire Engineers

ONGOING TRAINING/DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES

As your career progresses, we’ll continue to train you in new skills. Early on you could earn your Large Goods Vehicle driving licence and learn the specialist skills needed to drive firefighting vehicles by completing an Emergency Response Driver course.

YOUR FIRST TOUR

For your first tour, you will be posted to one of ten UK RAF bases where you’ll work as part of a tight-knit team, on call to handle any emergencies.

CAREER PROSPECTS/PROGRESSION

You’ll initially join the RAF for a period of twelve years on a Notice Engagement with effect from 1 Apr 15. After completing one year’s total service, you will be eligible for promotion to Senior Aircraftman, providing you pass a Trade Ability Test and Basic Trade Training. Further promotion to the rank of Corporal and beyond is by competitive selection Opportunities may also exist for suitable individuals to Commission into the Flight Operations Branch.

TRANSFERABLE SKILLS

Because you’ll have all the development opportunities and career prospects of your civilian counterparts, along with civilian accredited qualifications, whenever 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:

  GCSE GCSE 2017 SNE
Mathematics C Grade 4 Grade 5
English Language C Grade 4 Grade 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 Home Office 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. 

FITNESS REQUIREMENTS

You must be physically fit to complete both initial and specialist training, and to do your role effectively. To check your fitness levels, we put every candidate through two or three separate fitness tests as part of the application process: Selection Fitness Test, Pre-joining Fitness Test or Pre-recruit Training Course.
How fit you need to be to pass these tests can vary depending on role, age and gender.

MALES - 100% pass rates:
AGE 2.4 Km Run Multi-Stage Fitness Test Press-ups Sit-ups
  (Mins) (Score) (No.) (No.)
15-16 11.39 9.03 20 35
17-29 11.11 9.10 20 35
30-34 11.36 9.04 19 32
35-39 12 8.09 18 29
40-44 12.26 8.03 17 26

 

FEMALES - 100% pass rates:
AGE 2.4 Km Run Multi-Stage Fitness Test Press-ups Sit-ups
  (Mins) (Score) (No.) (No.)
15-16 13.54 6.07 10 32
17-29 13.23 7.02 10 32
30-34 13.47 6.08 9 29
35-39 14.13 6.04 8 26
40-44 14.48 5.08 7 23

HEALTH REQUIREMENTS

BEFORE YOUR APPLICATION:

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

  • Body Mass Index requirements:
Age Male and female minimum Male and female maximum Male maximum with additional assessment Female maximum with additional assessment
18 + 18 28 32 30
16 to < 18 17 27 27 27
  • 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. All tattoos must not be visible above the neck collar or below the sleeve cuff while wearing uniform
  • Have body piercing which causes holes that do not close up
  • Declare yourself to be an 'undischarged' bankrupt

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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