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Training requirements

If you are successful in your application to be an on-call firefighter, you will embark upon a continuous training process that ensures you are prepared to take an active part in fire service operations at station level.

There are several training courses that you will need to undertake before you can carry out some of the more complex activities that are a part of a firefighter's daily work.

Induction

Once you have been offered and accepted your contract of employment, you will be invited to a 2 day Induction course; this will take place up to 8 weeks before your Foundation Course. The induction is normally held over a weekend (courses are non residential).

You will be required to undertake a programme of e-learning prior to the foundation course. Some of which will be undertaken at your contracted Fire Station. You will receive a payment for time spent on the Induction course, the time allocated to achieve the required learning and the time for attending the foundation course.

Foundation course

The first course after induction that you will attend will last for 10 days and is called the Foundation Module. This may be offered in either two five-weekday blocks in consecutive weeks or over weekends. These courses will be programmed by Service Training Centre.

  • You will need to set aside the time to undertake this training.
  • You will be offered up to two choices of dates (where possible KFRS will publish these dates in advance on the website).
  • Failure to commit to and attend one of the courses offered (unless there are exceptional circumstances determined by HR and a member of the Operational Group Management team), within a suitable time frame may result in the offer of employment being retracted. Where KFRS has cancelled the course, this will not apply.
  • KFRS reserves the right to cancel a course at anytime due to the contingencies of the service, every endeavor will be made to provide as much notice as possible to applicants.

The purpose of the Foundation Module is to ensure that you are safe to act as part of a supervised crew on the fireground. It covers the basics and is an introduction to equipment, terminology and procedures. Following successful completion of this module, you can ride on the back of an appliance and assist in activities that you have been trained to do.

Unsuccessful completion of initial training course

Where a trainee firefighter fails to achieve any element of the initial training (to include; Induction, guided learning and Foundation course). They will be taken in to KFRS's capability procedures, which could result in termination of the contract of employment. These procedures can be provided upon request to the HR Service Delivery Team.

The following are the courses that you will need to undertake before you can take your position as a fully competent firefighter aligned to the on-call shift system. They will all be delivered at a training venue decided by the Service Training Centre:

There is an expectation that you will enroll on the Institute of Fire Engineers (IFE) Level 2 Certificate programme to gain an understanding of operational matters. Completion of this will be by sitting and passing the IFE exam which is held in March of each year.

Initial Breathing Apparatus (IBA) course

This course teaches you to use Breathing Apparatus (BA) safely in operational situations involving activities in irrespirable atmospheres and fire situations.

First Aid (FA) course

This course teaches you how to provide first aid to casualties who have been injured at incidents that we attend. This will include administering oxygen and the use of defibrillators. This course must be completed before you can attend the RTC course below.

Road Traffic Collision (RTC) course

This course teaches you the techniques needed to resolve incidents where people are trapped in vehicles. It also teaches you how to use the operational RTC equipment safely and effectively.

Throughout your development phase at station, you will be required to complete an electronic development programme that identifies your progress and also key benchmark assessments within your development, which includes assessment days at 6 and 24 months.

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