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Fire Service Officers (Watch Manager and Below)

Workers in this unit group co-ordinate and participate in fire fighting activities, provide emergency services in the event of accidents or bomb alerts, and advise on fire prevention.

More about this Career

Average Salary


New workers start around £7545. Normal pay is £34088 per year. Highly experienced workers can earn up to £42786.



Job counts include both employed and self-employed persons, and do not distinguish between full- and part-time jobs.

Daily Tasks

  • Supervises a watch.
  • Advises on fire safety measures in new buildings.
  • Attends and deals with bomb alerts and accidents involving spillage of hazardous substances.
  • Removes goods from fire damaged premises, clears excess water, makes safe any structural hazards and takes any other necessary steps to reduce damage to property.
  • Rescues people or animals trapped by fire and administers first aid.
  • Operates hose pipes, ladders, chemical, foam, gas or powder fire extinguishing appliances.
  • Travels to fire or other emergency by vehicle and locates water mains if necessary.
  • Arranges fire drills and tests alarm systems and equipment.
  • Inspects premises to identify potential fire hazards and to check that fire fighting equipment is available and in working order and that statutory fire safety regulations are met.

Skills Employers are looking for

Soft skills

Soft skills are non-technical skills that include how you interact with colleagues, solve problems, and manage your work

  • Critical Thinking


  • Learning Strategies


  • Active Listening


  • Reading Comprehension


  • Active Learning


  • Writing


  • Monitoring


  • Speaking


  • Mathematics


  • Science


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