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Wholetime Firefighter Transfers: Dorset & Wiltshire Fire (REF: FF/DWFRS)

£31,144 - £31,144

Listed 21 January 2020

Wholetime Firefighter Transfers


Firefighter Salary (Basic Annual): Competent £31,144

We are seeking applications from competent Wholetime Firefighters from other local authority Fire and Rescue Services who are interested in joining DWFRS Wholetime Duty System (WDS) at Firefighter level. 

There will be WDS Firefighter vacancies arising in the Swindon and Wiltshire area and it is our intention to fill these by DWFRS competent On-Call staff and competent Firefighters from other local authority Fire and Rescue Services.

It is expected these vacancies will be at the following stations*:

Salisbury, Swindon, Stratton, Chippenham, Trowbridge and Westlea.

For further information relating to stations and working patterns please refer to the supporting information in the Station Information attachment.

(*These may be subject to change)

All applicants will be required to commit to a minimum of three years’ service at the station they are recruited to. Transfer requests will not be accepted prior to three years’ service, unless at the request of DWFRS or via promotional opportunities to the individual.  

Information Session

We are holding Information Sessions that will provide guidance, support and information on the selection process.  All applicants that are interested in applying are encouraged to attend an Information Session.

To book a place on one of these Information Sessions please book via Eventbrite on the links below. Please note spaces are limited so booking is recommended.

  • Saturday 25th January 2020, 10:00 – 12:00 Westlea Fire Station, The Chesters, Stonehill Green, Westlea, Swindon, SN5 7DB. To book a space click on this link.

We have also provided a ‘Frequently Asked Questions’ supporting document (attached) to provide further guidance. 

Please visit Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service's website for more information and to apply. 

Eligibility to apply

You are eligible to apply if you:  

  • Are a competent Wholetime Firefighter from a local authority Fire and Rescue Service. Applicants from Crew Manager level and above can apply; however, roles are available at Firefighter level only.

and you have:

  • a current full valid driving licence (Category B – manual car)
Recruitment Process

Please note that if you are successful at shortlisting you will be invited to attend the Technical Assessment stage on either the 3rd, 4th or 5th March 2020.  It is intended that interviews will be held week commencing 30th March 2020 at our Service Head Quarters, Five Rivers Health & Wellbeing Centre, Hulse Road, Salisbury, Wiltshire SP1 3NR.

Please see the ‘Key Dates’ document for more information on the recruitment process.

For applicants who successfully pass all stages of the recruitment process you will be placed in a pool. We will then choose candidates from this pool for suitable Firefighter roles within DWFRS, this will be based on a number of factors including, but not limited to:

  • Vacancy location (and if vacancy is at a Station from the candidate’s preferred list, which we will obtain later in the process)
  • Skill Requirements (Such as Emergency Response Driving)

It is anticipated that this pool will remain in place until completion of the next Wholetime Recruitment process. 

Any offer of employment will be subject to:
  • Successfully passing the Medical, which includes a hearing test and meeting our Fitness Test (Chester Treadmill Walk Test) - required to demonstrate a standard of 42 VO² max
  • Eyesight Test
  • References – including one from your current Fire and Rescue Service
  • Satisfactory evidence of competence, and maintenance of skills and courses, from current Fire and Rescue Service
  • Satisfactory Disclosure & Barring Service Check - DBS Basic clearance will be undertaken
  • Right to Work in the UK
How to Apply

The closing date for applications is 09:00 on Monday, 3rd February 2020.

If you think you would work well in this role and help make our community safer then we encourage you to apply for this exciting opportunity.

To ensure you have the best opportunity of being taken forward to the next stage, you should ensure you include full and detailed evidence in your application to support all the areas being measured at the Application Stage.   

For further guidance on how to complete your application, please refer to the Job Application Guidance Notes.

Please complete every box. If necessary, mark as N/A, or Not Applicable, so we are sure that you have no information to provide. Your application may not be submitted through the system if every box has not been clearly marked with a response.

All applicants will be e-mailed throughout the process; therefore, please check your emails regularly. Your email may be found in your Junk mail, so please ensure you check this section of your mailbox as well.

If you are experiencing difficulties completing your application or have a need to complete your application in an alternative format due to a disability, please contact HR Resourcing on 01722 691444 within plenty of time of the closing date of the position you are applying for.

Values & Behaviours Framework

Our recruitment, assessment and progression processes are based on our RESPECT Behaviours Framework that has been developed specifically for a career in Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service.  When recruiting, we identify the most important behaviours for the role and these are used as part of the short-listing and selection process.

For a comprehensive list of our RESPECT Behaviours Framework, please refer to

Closing date: 03 February 2020

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