London Fire Brigade

150 firefighters recruited to reinforce front line protection for Londoners

10 May 2011

London’s fire authority is backing the Mayor’s commitment to protect front line emergency services by recruiting up to 150 trainee firefighters.

Firefighter quizWith public services under financial pressure, London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority, which runs London Fire Brigade, is launching a firefighter recruitment drive on Tuesday (10 May).

The move follows Mayor of London Boris Johnson’s budget decision to lift the police recruitment freeze in the capital and boost the number of uniformed officers patrolling London’s streets.

Cllr Brian Coleman AM, FRSA, Chairman and Leader of London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority said:

“The Mayor is committed to protecting front line services and so is this Authority. Hiring new firefighters when the current tough economic climate is putting a financial squeeze on the public sector sends a clear message that we are determined to maintain and protect front line fire services.

“There will be more challenges ahead but I am determined to deliver an efficient and effective emergency service without compromising public safety.”

Having a workforce that reflects London’s population is vital if the Brigade is to succeed in keeping the capital safe. The role of the modern day firefighter requires a wide range of skills and fire crews must be just as comfortable working with London’s many different communities, passing on vital fire safety advice in schools, businesses or homes, as they are fighting fires and dealing with other emergencies.

The latest recruitment campaign aims to build on the Brigade’s increasingly diverse workforce and is keen to attract more women, particularly black and ethnic minority women, into the organisation.

Cllr Coleman added:

“The old stereotype of firefighting being a man’s job is a cliché. All our firefighters must meet the high standards that we set and it’s absolutely essential that we have a workforce that reflects the diverse population of London.”

Apply now

The recruitment campaign runs from Tuesday 10 May until 20 May and for the first time the Brigade is using social media to attract candidates. On the Brigade’s Facebook page potential applicants will be able to complete a short quiz to help see if they have what it takes and watch video profiles of real London firefighters who talk about the skills needed for the job. Visit our new jobs site.


Notes to editors

  • The 150 firefighters recruited are not extra staff but will ensure the Brigade maintains its current front line service levels
  • On the Brigade’s Facebook page applicants can complete a short quiz to help them understand the role of a firefighter and the qualities required .The recruitment campaign has also used click through adverts on other facebook pages.
  • London Fire Brigade employs around 5837 operational staff, including 687 black minority ethnic (BME) firefighters and 308 female firefighters.
  • More information about the recruitment campaign is also available from the recruitment section of the London Fire Brigade's website