Firefighter Recruitment FAQs
If you’re applying to join the Fire & Rescue Service, please make sure:
- Your uncorrected distance vision is no worse than 6/18 in the better eye, and 6/24 in the worse eye
- Your corrected distance acuity is at least 6/9 with both eyes open and reaches 6/12 in the weaker eye
- Your near vision enables you to read the N12 size characters on a Snellen chart from 30 cm, with both eyes open and unaided
- You apply no less than one year after undergoing refractive eye surgery
To check that your vision meets this criteria, visit your optician before applying. They’ll help you understand how any vision defects or corrective operations may affect your application.
Whilst there is no upper age limit, it is a legal requirement that you are aged 18 years or over at commencement of training.
The minimum age at which you can obtain an LGV licence is 18 years. Between 18 and 21, you must hold an initial Driver CPC qualification. For drivers over 21 years of age, the Driver CPC qualification is only a necessity if the licence is being used professionally, for example if you were applying to be a PCV Driver.