RAF Firefighter - Level 3 Operational Firefighter Apprenticeship - Advanced (Level 3)

Royal Air Force RAF (Employer)

Ministry of Defence (Training Provider)

Annual wage £15,670.00 to £53,197.00
37.0 hours per week Depending on the role and section you're posted to, you could be working 8-5 Mon-Fri or working shifts 24/7. Total hours per week: 37.00
104 weeks (duration)
2 December 2020(start date)
Operational Firefighter (apprenticeship standard)
1 December 2020 (application closing date)
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Job Description

As an RAF Firefighter you will provide 24/7 fire and crash rescue protection. You will be organised and trained to respond to any emergency with highly specialised equipment like powerful cutting tools.


  • Crash fire rescue is one of the most aggressive firefighting disciplines requiring courage and professionalism
  • Firefighters form a component part of the operations element for Defence when operating both in the UK and overseas.
  • As part of a close-knit team, you can be deployed within short time frames to any location worldwide using limited resources to offer a multitude of fire response, prevention, and protection duties to meet Defence requirements
  • You will receive exceptional training to ensure you are adequately prepared to respond and resolve incidents involving aircraft, buildings, vehicles, hazardous substances and incidents caused by hostile activities
  • In addition, you may also have the opportunity to gain fire prevention qualifications to ensure you can provide MOD personnel a safe and secure environment. (Note: due to the sophistication and efficiency of aircraft, and advancements in early fire detection on MOD establishments, fire crews spend significantly less time responding to aircraft and domestic fires than historically attended.)

Future Prospects

Level 3 Award in Incident Command

  • Level 3 Certificate in Assessing  
  • Level 3 Certificate in Assessing Vocational Achievement
  • Level 3 Award in Education and Training
  • Level 4 Award in Incident Command
  • Technician Membership Institute of Fire Engineers
  • Graduate Membership Institute of Fire Engineers 
  • Member Membership Institute of Fire Engineers
  • Post Graduate Certificate (PGCert) in Emergency Planning, Resilience and Response
  • Post Graduate Diploma (PGDip) in Emergency Planning, Resilience and Response
  • Master's degree (MSc) in Emergency Planning, Resilience and Response


As your career progresses, we will continue to develop you in new skills. Early on you could achieve your category C large goods vehicle driving licence and learn the specialist skills needed to drive fire fighting vehicles by completing an Emergency Response Driver (Airfield) course.

Skills Required

Please view all of the information on the role page on the RAF Recruitment website.

Qualities Required

Please view all of the information on the role page on the RAF Recruitment website.

Qualifications Required

Please view all of the information on the role page on the RAF Recruitment website.

Training Provided

The 14 weeks specialist Firefighter training course takes place at the Defence Fire Training & Development Centre Manston in Kent. The specialist course will teach you:

  • Fire Extinguisher Maintenance
  • Fire Service Drill
  • Breathing Apparatus operations
  • Structural Firefighting operations
  • Road Traffic Incident Techniques
  • Aircraft Construction
  • Crash Firefighting Operations

You will deal with ‘live’ practice fires and gain experience of specialist crash rescue fire-fighting vehicles.

As part of specialist training you will be enrolled on to a Level 3 Operational Firefighter Apprenticeship. This is a 24 - 30 month programme you will complete as part of your daily duties.

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About the employer

The Royal Air Force is the United Kingdom's aerial warfare force.

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