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Joining the Fire Service

Information on joining Wicklow's fire service as a retained firefighter.

Wicklow Fire Service is a retained fire service. Firefighters are part-time and they generally have other jobs or businessess. The main requirement when recruiting firefighters is that they live and work within a reasonable distance of the fire station and they have to have a reasonable level of fitness. The position is open to male and female applicants. Though part-time, recruits undergo extensive initial training including a two-week recruit course and a two-week breathing apparatus wearers course.

When a call is received for the fire brigade, the alerters for a particular brigade are activated and the firefighters, who each carry an alerter, respond to the fire station immediately. Firefighters could be at work or at home in bed when called. They then make their way to the station as quickly as possible. They are governed by the rules of the road when responding to the fire station.

Recruiting process

Wicklow Fire Service recruits people to the fire service as vacancies arise. Vacancies are advertised in the local newspapers, on local radio and on this website.

  • An application form must be completed
  • A Garda Vetting Form must be completed
  • When a vacancy appears, interviews are held and qualified candidates are put on a panel
  • From this panel, persons are asked to carry out a medical and physical test
  • If successful at these tests, a person is sent on a two-week firefighter recruit induction course. Once this is successfully completed, the new firefighter is given an alerter and will then attend fires with the remainder of the crew
  • The new firefighter is usually sent on a breathing apparatus course within a year of joining the Fire Service. This must be successfully passed

It is important to remember that retained firefighters must be available for calls at all times unless he/she has got approval not to attend from his/her station officer.