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Course Title: Operational Firefighter
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Firefighters could be employed in any of the fire services across England, the Armed Forces, Civil Aviation or within small private sector fire services that may be incorporated in other organisations such as manufacturers and engineering.

The working day could include theoretical and practical training along with testing and maintaining equipment to ensure operational preparedness. It is essential a firefighter is prepared and ready to respond at all times when on duty. Firefighters must be able to carry out physically demanding work; at height, in enclosed spaces, and outdoors - working in all weather and environmental conditions. They could be called upon to treat injured casualties and deal with fatalities.


Course Content

Some of the knowledge, skills and behaviour aspects covered will include:

How to engage with Communities to increase community safety and prevention awareness to prevent incidents from occurring and improve their health and wellbeing
The risks within their community and the methods that can be used to mitigate those risks
Fire science and behaviour, ventilation, hydraulics and principles of thermodynamics
Using personal and respiratory protective equipment in hazardous environments
How to operate specialist information communication and technology systems, e.g. mobile data terminals, radios
Extricate casualties from situations of entrapment
Maintain physical fitness and mental wellbeing to ensure operational readiness
Communicate effectively, through listening, writing, speaking and presenting information.

Entry Requirements

Employers may have a number of entry requirements to protect individuals and the community that may also restrict individual applicants. These could include geographical location (Response times); legal safeguards (e.g. Disclosure and Barring Service checks); age, medical and physical fitness including eyesight. These requirements and selection tests will vary between organisations and may be subject to change and the decision to accept applicants will be made by the individual employer. Employers who recruit apprentices without English and Maths at level 2 must achieve level 2 English and Maths prior to taking their end-point assessment. Some employers may set out local requirements for entry such as a level of ICT literacy in addition to any or all of the above.

Next Steps

Successful apprentices will be eligible for professional registration with the Institution of Fire Engineers (IFE) at Technician (TIFireE) level.

Career Opportunities

Having completed this apprenticeship further training and qualifications could lead to career pathways within Fire and Rescue Sector and across the wider Protective Services sector.

Dates & Fees

Start Date End Date Start Time End Time Mode of Attendance Days of the Week No of sessions
We run on demand. Contact us for dates. Apprenticeship
Total Fee Full Cost Total Fee 19-23 Total Fee 24+

Location & Contact Details


Kingston Maurward College Main Campus | Directions


Course Helpline 01305 215215

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