Conditions of Service

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The appointment of Wholetime Firefighters is subject to the National Joint Council Scheme of Conditions of Service for Local Authorities' Fire Brigades.



Rates of pay are expressed in terms of annual amounts. The current pay scales for Wholetime Firefighters are as follows:

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2008   £ per annum
Firefighter Trainee £20,896
Development £21,766
Competent £27,851


Duty System

There are 3 wholetime fire stations within Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service, each crewed by 4 Watches: Red, Blue, Green and White Watch. Each Watch operates on a rota system and is conditioned to the shift system. Under this system each period of 24 hours is divided into a day shift and a night shift. The day and night shifts are arranged so that over a fixed number of weeks, the weekly hours of duty performed by each member averages 42 hours.

The shift system in operation within Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service is based on 2 day shifts, 2 night shifts, 4 days off.

You should note that this shift system operates 365 days per year – Public holidays, including any extra statutory days, are classed as normal working days for duty purposes


Annual Leave

The leave year extends from 1 January to 31 December. Wholetime Firefighters are granted annual leave with pay as follows:

Annual entitlements  
On appointment 30 days
Additional leave granted after 5 years service 3 days

Probation period

Continuing employment is dependent upon the probationer successfully achieving Level 3 NVQ Operations in the Community within an agreed period of time.



All members of the fire service start as firefighters, which means every recruit has an equal chance of promotion to the senior positions.

Further information

Human Resources Department

Telephone: 01743 260 200