Benefits at South Wales Fire and Rescue Service

South Wales Fire and Rescue Service offer a variety of career opportunities in both operational and support roles. Please see our working with us page or contact us with any queries on

As an employee of the Service you will be entitled to a number of benefits.

  Annual leave

We all need a holiday from time to time. South Wales Fire and Rescue’s annual leave allowance starts at 25 days plus bank holidays.

  Bernie Benefits

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 Colleague Support Team

We care about each other. Our Team is made up of trained supporters who provide support and guidance to enable individuals to deal with any issues or concerns they may have.

 Employee Assistance Programme

The EAP provides confidential, impartial advice and support 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The service is free for employees to access whenever they need.

 Firefighters’ Charity

Every employee, along with their dependents, can be beneficiaries of the charity. The charity provides health and wellbeing support to the whole Fire Service community.

  Flexi Time

Support staff are able to work flexi time. With core hours of 10am-12pm and 2-3pm; you can complete the balance of your hours anytime between 7am and 7pm.

  Free Car Parking

South Wales Fire and Rescue Service does not charge for car parking at any of its sites.


Wherever you are based as an employee of South Wales Fire and Rescue Service, access to our gym facilities is available to all, free of charge.

 Health and Fitness Advisers

Our Health and Fitness Advisers monitor the fitness levels of operational staff. They can also offer health and fitness advice to all employees on request.

 Learning and Development

South Wales Fire and Rescue Service recognises that well trained employees are key to success. With our dedicated Training Centre at Cardiff Gate and specialist training teams, there are plenty of opportunities to grow and develop your skills.

 MIND Blue Light Champions

As part of our ongoing commitment to health and wellbeing, we support the MIND Blue Light Programme. The Programme offers mental health support for emergency services employees.

 Occupational Health

The Occupational Health Unit aims to maximise the health, wellbeing and efficiency of staff and to minimise the risks to which staff are exposed as a result of working practices and the working environment.


Support staff are eligible to join the Local Government Pension Scheme, which is a defined benefit pension scheme. Employee contributions are based on your salary. Operational Firefighters are eligible to join the Firefighters Pension Scheme.


South Wales Fire and Rescue Service is committed to fair pay for all. We have a set salary scales for every grade of employee.

 Sports and Social

Our sports and social section brings together employees from across departments. Photography, Skiing, Rambling, Cycling, Football, Rugby, Surfing and Golf are just some the shared interests.

 Union Membership

The Fire Brigades Union and Unison are recognised by South Wales Fire and Rescue Service as negotiating partners. Union membership offers benefits such as legal assistance, compensation, debt advice, member discounts, advice, support and training.

 Welsh Courses

South Wales Fire and Rescue Service recognises the importance of the Welsh language in the workplace and offers all employees access to Welsh language courses at a range of levels to suit all needs.