We are passionate about making our service an inclusive place to work for all our colleagues and those who want to join.

Our aim is to make life safer and to provide the best possible service to
the people of Hampshire and Isle of Wight that we can. To achieve that
we will recruit the very best people to work for us in every role, both operational and non-operational. We employ people who are diverse
in their thinking. Different backgrounds, experiences, life skills and approaches will expand our thinking and operations, and enable us to more flexibly design, plan and deliver our service. Our aspiration is for our workforce to be more reflective of the diverse individuals and groups within the wider community we serve. Therefore, we actively encourage diverse candidates to consider and apply for a career with us.


Some people may never consider the fire service as a career. Others do not think the role of a firefighter is something they can do or worry they may not fit in.We are changing the way we attract and recruit candidates to debunk these myths and ensure HIWFRS is seen as an ’employer of choice’ by, as well as for, all members of our community.

What is Positive Action?

If an organisation can show it is under-represented within groups, under the Equality Act 2010 it can carry out what is known as ‘positive action’ to encourage applications from people in those groups. Positive action is very different from positive discrimination, which gives preferential treatment to people from particular groups, to ensure greater numbers of people succeed. However, we can and will target our communications to underrepresented groups to encourage them to apply for employment. When any recruitment process opens then all candidates, including those who have been involved in positive action events and activity, must apply for roles at the same time and be considered with all other applicants. Our recruitment will always be open to everyone and all who apply will have to go through the same selection processes and reach the same standards.

Think you know what it would be like to work for us?

Working for the fire service is an exciting, challenging role where one day is never the same as the next.

And it’s not just firefighters. We have a diverse range of roles, from graphic designers to IT technicians, who all contribute to making life safer for everyone.


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