London Fire Brigade

Skills for the job

Find out whether you have the right skills to become a firefighter in this section.

Basic standards

All our trainees must:

  • Hold a full UK manual driving licence, and have successfully completed a Large Goods Vehicle (LGV) theory test before the training starts (with the exception of Diabetics). Please note - candidates who commence training under the age of 18 will be expected to pay for and successfully obtain the LGV theory test after turning 18.
  • Be a UK/EU citizen, without work restrictions or be a permanent resident in UK.
  • And live in London and have had a permanent London address for 12 months at time of application.
  • Pass certain rigorous physical and job related tests (see physical tests).
  • Pass medical and eye examinations.
  • Be at least 17.5 years old as of the closing date of the advert.

Is it really for you?

Firefighters on home fire safety visitThere are certain qualities that make an effective firefighter.

Take a minute to answer the following questions honestly:

  • Are you genuinely interested in people and able to get on with people from different backgrounds and cultures?
  • Are you committed to promoting the safety of your community?
  • Do you enjoy working as part of a team?
  • Could you work under pressure to support your colleagues?
  • Can you think on your feet to solve problems, react flexibly and use your initiative?
  • Would you be able to deal sensitively with members of the public in difficult and emotional situations?
  • Would you be able to take the responsibility for representing a professional service?
  • Are you committed to always maintaining and developing your skills?
  • Do you enjoy working in a job where there is lots of change and improvements?
  • Are you prepared to follow instructions from others?
  • Are you prepared to work unsocial work patterns, which will include night shifts, weekend work, and public holidays?
  • Are you dependable and can be relied on to do something?
  • Are you prepared to commit around 85 days of your life to your initial paid training, with no time off for holidays?
  • Are you prepared, at emergency incidents, to work for several hours in difficult conditions without a break?

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