As a wholetime firefighter in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight you will be working a 48-hour week across one of the following duty systems:
2-2-4 shift pattern (2 days 09:00 – 18:00, 2 nights 18:00 – 09:00, four days off)
Our firefighters are developing several new ways of working in a number of locations where the station decides how they can best cover the 48-hour shifts across the week.
All our crewing systems require you to work on weekdays, evening, weekends and bank holidays.
Once fully trained, wholetime firefighters are assigned a shift pattern and expected to work at any station in Hampshire or the Isle of Wight.
Upon appointment and during your initial training course you will receive trainee rate. This will increase to development rate whilst completing your firefighter development programme at your respective station, upon successful completion of which you will receive competent rate.
There are many benefits to working for Hampshire & Isle of Wight Fire & Rescue Service – job satisfaction and an extensive career structure, just for starters.
The opportunity to learn, progress and be promoted in your career.
We also offer real promotion prospects. To progress, you’ll need to develop your skills and demonstrate a level of competency within your current role, before taking part in a promotion process to determine your suitability for the next role.
Any skills gained from qualifications or experience you bring into the service may be relevant when you’re working towards a promotion or looking to move into a specialised role.
Not only can you progress with promotion, but you can diversify your role and become a specialist within the organisation in the following areas:
A firefighter has 30+ days’ annual leave a year, with an additional days after five years of service, plus eight bank holidays.
The firefighter pension scheme is an excellent benefit on retirement. Pension contributions receive tax relief which means that their contributions to the firefighters’ pension scheme are deducted from your pay and they are assessed for income tax on the remainder.
The physical, mental and emotional wellbeing of all of our staff is paramount, so we can provide an excellent emergency service to our communities.
Our Occupational Health team offers a friendly, confidential service for all employees. We have qualified occupational health practitioners, a fitness adviser and qualified administrators who all work in the health and welfare area. They promote and maintain good physical and mental health, and provide periodic health reviews, fitness and welfare advice and confidential counselling. Services include employee discount schemes, physiotherapy, pre-retirement courses, critical incident debriefing and access to the facilities of The Firefighters Charity.