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Hours and pay

As you might imagine, being a firefighter isn't a 9-to-5 job

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As a wholetime firefighter in Hampshire you will be working a 48-hour week across one of the following duty systems:

Shift group crewing
2-2-4 shift pattern (2 days 09:00 - 18:00, 2 nights 18:00 - 09:00, 4 days off)

Efficient flexible crewing system
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

Once fully trained, wholetime firefighters are assigned a shift pattern and expected to work at any station in the county.


The current starting salary for a trainee wholetime firefighter is £22, 017 per annum, rising to £29, 345 per annum for a competent wholetime firefighter.

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To be eligible to apply for a firefighter post, you must meet the following criteria:

  • It is a legal requirement to be 18 or over when you start training.
  • Be eligible to work in the UK (proof of which will be required)
  • Live in Hampshire or the Isle of Wight at the time of application (proof of which will be required)
  • Have a good standard of physical fitness
  • Have GCSE Grade C or above, or equivalent in Maths and English (proof of which will be required) or successfully complete the online verbal and numerical ability test.

Being a firefighter

It's not just any job! What will you be doing and what does it mean to be a firefighter in Hampshire?

Find out more.

Have you got what it takes?

Being a firefighter is challenging and you'll be facing situations you're not going to find anywhere else.

Find out if you've got what it takes.

The selection process

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