The training is intense and thorough and includes theoretical lectures as well as practical exercises. There are many examinations that must be passed on the way to becoming a firefighter.  

Basic training

Successful applicants will be required to undertake a Phase 1 training course, which is a 10 to 12-week residential course.

This training period will equip you with the core skills required to operate safely as a firefighter in Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service.


On successful completion of the Phase 1 training course individuals will progress to Phase 2 and be issued with a Phase 2 Development Firefighter portfolio, which covers all elements within the firefighter role.  

At this stage of your career regular assessments will be taken by the individual as they move towards the role of the Competent Firefighter. This should be achieved within 24 months of joining the Service, and should not take any longer than 36 months.  


After all applicable functions have been assessed and achieved the employee will have demonstrated 'competent' in his or her role and will receive the appropriate rate of pay.

All training is designed to give you the confidence when doing the job and to develop your skills. You will need to work hard, do regular study and pass formal assessments on each module of the course. Throughout the programme, you will be given a high level of support from training officers who are there to bring out your potential and guide you to success.

At Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service we value our people and believe in developing them to their maximum potential. Many of our senior officers started out as firefighters.

The Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service operates an Equal Opportunities policy and welcomes applications from all regardless of race, religion, colour, gender or sexual orientation.