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Recruitment and Development


The Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service require RETAINED FIREFIGHTERS at the following Fire Stations:

Cowes, East Cowes, Bembridge, Freshwater and Yarmouth

Are you looking for something new in your life, a fresh challenge and some excitement? Would you like to be part of a profession where you can put your life skills into action for your local community, where you’re part of a close, dedicated and friendly team?

This job fits around your current employment.

Information Sessions

The Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service is one of the smallest in the country, the largest component of which are Retained Firefighters. If you are interested in serving the community where you live, being part of a dedicated team and are fit and able to respond to any challenge put upon you at anytime, day or night - then why not think about joining as a Retained Firefighter.

Prospective candidates must satisfy the following criteria:

  • You must be of good character.
  • Must be at least 18 years of age.
  • Must be physically fit, with good, unaided vision and not colour blind (some correction acceptable).

Ideally you must:

  • Live and/or work close to your local fire station.

We offer a retaining fee and you will be paid for each call you attend as well as for any training sessions that are required. Vacancies are advertised outside Local Fire Stations, in the local paper and sometimes on local radio.

For further information please see the Department for Communities and Local Government website

Developing our People

Integrated Personal Development System (IPDS)

What is IPDS?
IPDS is a role-based development structure for the Fire Service. It gives a structured path for every member of staff at every level. It provides for shared responsibilities in the development of the individual. It provides role-based training and development that meets real needs for real situations. It is not just about training it is about continuous development. It works for everyone at every level. It encourages and supports both personal and organisational development.

IPDS will allow you to develop your career, it offers a structured, logical path that allows you to achieve your aims. If you prefer to develop your skills at your current level, it gives you the opportunity to continually update them so that you perform at your best all of the time. You will acquire skills, attain competency in those skills, maintain the level of competency and develop and acquire new skills.

Who is it for?

  1. It will be used by everyone irrespective of rank or role. Different roles require different skills so everyone's development will differ from one role to another. IPDS will provide professional skills and competencies for your individual role. Each role is explained in more detail on the IPDS website.
  2. This development will be set against the national standards for that job/role. Some people will want development to be better able to carry out their role, whereas others may wish to progress to the next role or to a specialist role.
  3. Because IPDS has been developed as a national benchmark that matches levels of competence to NVQ levels, it can be used for Skills Gap Analysis, awards and assessments of any member of staff in any location. For the first time, it makes the skills of all staff truly transferable.

Useful links

Skills for Justice/IPDS

Equality and Diversity