A career in the Isle of Man Fire and Rescue Service gives you a unique opportunity to join a team of dedicated, enthusiastic and passionate colleagues who are proud to serve and protect the island's community.

There are opportunities to join the team as a Wholetime Firefighter based at Douglas Fire Station or an On-call Firefighter based at one of the Isle of Man’s 7 fire stations.

Wholetime vs On-call

Firefighters have two types of contracts which allow the service to operate around the clock, 24/7. Depending on the type of role you apply for there will be different expectations required of you.

Wholetime Firefighters

As a Wholetime Firefighter you will work for the Fire and Rescue Service on a full time basis. You will be based at Douglas Fire Station and will join one of our ‘watches’ where you will work shifts together with your team. There is a requirement for Wholetime Firefighters to live within 2 miles of the Fire Station you are based at or 2 miles within the town boundary.

On-call Firefighters

In this role, you will work for the Fire and Rescue Service on a retained contract. You would carry an alerter and respond to your  station when a call is received. You could be self-employed or work for an employer who is willing to let you leave work immediately to attend an incident. There is a requirement for On-call Firefighters to live within 2 miles of the Fire Station you are based at or 2 miles within the town boundary.

Day-to-day Tasks

Working as part of an effective team a trained Firefighter will use the latest equipment, methods and techniques to perform a wide range of duties.

These include responding to incidents such as:

  • Property fires
  • Rural fires
  • Road traffic collisions
  • Hazardous material incidents
  • Animal rescues
  • Floods

Alongside the response element of the Fire and Rescue Service there are prevention and protection duties such as:

  • Community engagement
  • Home fire safety checks
  • Youth education
  • Prevention campaigns
  • Fire safety inspections

Skills and Knowledge

You'll need:

  • knowledge of public safety and security
  • customer service skills
  • the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • sensitivity and understanding
  • knowledge of training and how to present information
  • the ability to work well with others
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

Industry Requirements

To be considered for the role of a firefighter, you must exhibit your ability to meet the physical demands through a physical assessment. Additionally, you need to demonstrate the essential people skills expected of firefighters by undergoing aptitude assessments and participating in an interview. It is a requirement to be at least 18 years old, and a satisfactory police check must be completed before commencing the role. Depending on the specific position, compliance with location requirements is also necessary.

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