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.

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Salary

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

Firefighters relax with a bottle of water after tackling a house fire

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


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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

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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
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Probation period

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

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Promotion

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