Who we’re looking for

Firefighters come in all ages, shapes and sizes, so we welcome applications from all communities

Eligibility checklist

Are you...?

  • Over 17 and a half years old on the date you apply? (There's no upper age limit.)
  • A UK/EU citizen or a permanent resident of the UK without any work restrictions?
  • In possession of a full UK or EU driving licence, manual or automatic
  • Willing to get an LGV driving license within 18 months of joining?
  • Prepared to be clean shaven, so you can safely wear breathing apparatus whilst fighting fires?
  • Free from any unspent criminal convictions?

All candidates applying for the firefighter role are required to have a full UK or EU driving license. This is to ensure our firefighters can give London the emergency cover it needs to keep its communities and city safe. You need a full license (with Cat C) to be able to gain the LGV qualification. The Cat C is a requirement before people can become a blue light qualified driver.

If you meet the criteria above, you can apply during our next recruitment period.


You don’t need any particular qualifications to become a firefighter, however you’ll be expected to pass English and Maths tests at a GCSE Grade C level (or equivalent).

Skills and behaviours

Other than good fitness levels, the diverse role of a firefighter means we’re looking for people with the following skills and personal qualities:

  • Working with the public
  • Being flexible and able to adapt to changing situations or demands of the job
  • Good communication skills which include contributing your ideas, listening to others and being clear and confident
  • Being confident to take the lead and put yourself/ideas forward
  • Able to think quickly and to solve problem and communicate your ideas clearly to others
  • Work as a team to support others
  • Skills to organise and manage your time well
  • Cope well under pressure

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