Professional Firefighter (HSE-FRS-OP-2024-35-LD)

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Company Description

At CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, physicists and engineers are probing the fundamental structure of the universe. Using the world's largest and most complex scientific instruments, they study the basic constituents of matter - fundamental particles that are made to collide together at close to the speed of light. The process gives physicists clues about how particles interact, and provides insights into the fundamental laws of nature. Find out more on

Job Description


Are you a professional firefighter seeking an exciting new opportunity? Are you intrigued by the idea of joining an international organization that offers a unique and enriching environment? No matter your family situation, we have an amazing opportunity for you.

Imagine working and learning in a cutting-edge, high-tech industrial setting, while also having the chance to share your expertise with firefighting professionals from 15 different countries. Our diverse and inclusive Fire and Rescue Service is dedicated to creating an environment where everyone feels valued and included. Apply for a job and take part!

Firefighters currently work on 12-hour shift patterns. In addition, they are also on call 24/7. Furthermore, to maintain adequate operational capacity and to enhance fire safety, they dedicate time to training and maintenance. Maintenance work is focused primarily on fire extinguishers and hose reels. Most of this work is carried out during the week.

CERN's Fire and Rescue Service also collaborates with the Fire Departments and Emergency Medical Services of France and Switzerland, with whom emergency interventions are carried out and when possible, exercises are held.


After the initial 10 weeks on-the-job training related to CERN and CFRS specifics with your group of starting firefighters, you will join your team.

There you will:

  • Perform firefighting, emergency medical response and rescue operations
  • Staff the Safety Control Room (dispatch center)
  • Carry out technical inspections and patrols
  • Provide assistance in cases where the presence of a firefighter is required (e.g. work in confined spaces, transport missions involving special risks, events)
  • Follow training and take part in exercises in compliance with the Fire and Rescue Service’s training plan
  • Participate in prevention initiatives (e.g. information, training, expertise, collaboration)
  • Maintain emergency response equipment (e.g. fire extinguishers, fire hydrants, measurement devices, medical equipment)
  • Participate in activities within the Fire and Rescue Service’s projects
  • Perform administrative and collective tasks fundamental to the running of the Service
  • Take part in group and individual physical training sessions


You have the diplomas and/or certificates that bring proof of you being educated and trained as a firefighter. These diplomas and certificates are issued by a public body or a private body acting under the delegation of a public service.


You currently work, and have demonstrated experience, as a professional firefighter in a public or company fire service. Experience in control room or ambulance settings would be an advantage.

Technical competencies:

  • Emergency first response: including rescue operations and emergency medical care
  • Hazardous materials response operations
  • Use of office software packages
  • Compartmental/Interior firefighting
  • Driving and operating a fire engine
  • Providing training to firefighters and the general public

Behavioural competencies:

  • Demonstrating Flexibility: demonstrating a willingness to accept changing circumstances; supporting initiatives for change being able to deal with ambiguous or unpredictable situations; adapting quickly and resourcefully to shifting priorities and requirements.
  • Working in Teams: understanding when teamwork is required to achieve the best results; including others accordingly and sharing information; acknowledging the contribution of colleagues; recognizing their limitations and offering support to overcome their difficulties.
  • Building Relationships: relating well to all people regardless of category/level within the Organization; caring about the well-being of others.
  • Demonstrating Accountability: taking responsibility for own actions and decisions.
  • Managing Self: working well autonomously; taking on activities and tasks without prompting; taking initiative beyond regular tasks and making things happen.

Language skills:

Proficiency in English and/or French. The ability to understand and speak the other language in everyday/emergency situations is an advantage. CERN offers language courses to quickly master both French and English.

Additional Information

Eligibility and closing date:

Diversity has been an integral part of CERN's mission since its foundation and is an established value of the Organization. Employing a diverse workforce is central to our success. We welcome applications from all Member States and Associate Member States.

This vacancy will be filled as soon as possible following the deadline, and applications should normally reach us no later than 18.08.2024 at 23:59 CEST.

For more information about working in CERN's Fire and Rescue Service, click here.

Start date: 01 March 2025.

Virtual Q&A Sessions

We will be hosting 2 virtual Q&A sessions in August. Please register on the link below for the respective date that you would like to join.

You can also join the CERN Firefighter Talent Community via this link which will ensure you receive an email with further details regarding the Q&A sessions once available.

Employment Conditions

Contract type: Limited duration contract (5 years). Subject to certain conditions, holders of limited-duration contracts may apply for an indefinite position.

These functions require:

  • Participation in a regular stand-by duty, including nights, Sundays and official holidays.
  • Work in Radiation Areas.
  • Residence in the immediate vicinity of the Organization's installations.
  • Work during nights, Sundays and official holidays.
  • Shift work, including nights, Sundays and official holidays.
  • Interventions in underground installations.
  • A valid C driving licence.

Job grade: 2-3

Job reference: HSE-FRS-OP-2024-35-LD

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