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Is direct entry to the fire service possible ?


CountryNo.remark
AustriayesRemark:
Belgiumyes
Croatia
Cyprus
Czech Republicyes Direct entry is in principle possible for higher managerial posts and officer ranks
DenmarkYes
Direct entry is only possible for Chief Fire Officer function (BCF)
Estonia
FinlandyesRemark:
Franceyes
Germanyyes
GreeceYes, only for them who have university diploma
Hungary
InternationalNo
Direct entry is not possible for any rank
Irelandyes
at recruit and Senior Officer level
Italyyes
Latvia
Lithuania
Luxembourgno
NetherlandsYes. Direct entry is not restricted to any rank
Norwayyes
Direct entry is only possible for Assistant Fire Chief, the function as fire-engineer and some special maintenance functions
Polandyes
PortugalnoRemark:
Slovakia
SloveniayesRemark:
SpainYesRemark:
SwedenYes, Direct entry is possible only for the highest ranks as Fire Protection Engineer
United KingdomNo
Direct entry is not possible for any rank


In case qualifications at degree level are required in order to gain direct entry, which are these degrees ?


CountryNo.remark
AustriaDegree of a technical or nature science.
Technical grammar school exam for the B-officer career.
BelgiumAll academic or non-academic qualifications that are giving access to level I of the national civil service.
Croatia
Cyprus
Czech RepublicUniversity degree
DenmarkThere is no legislation for the educational qualifications, special training or other requirements for the Beredskabschef (BCF)
Estonia
FinlandPolytechnical Degree
Francedirect entry to the rank of lieutenant : bac + 3 years ; direct entry to the rank of capitaine : bac + 5 years (list of admitted diplomas defined by decision of the Minister of the Interior
GermanyFor the intermediate career: technical college
For the higher career: university diploma
GreeceYes, only for them who have university diploma
Hungary
InternationalN/A: direct entry is not possible for any rank
IrelandEngineering archicture and some Science degrees
ItalyUniversity degrees in: engineering, architecture, geology, medicine
Latvia
Lithuania
Luxembourg-
NetherlandsUniversity wide, but some qualifications are more obvious than others.
Up to captain, technical qualifications preferred (physics, chemistry, etc.).
Higher levels have a tendency for managerial qualifications (law, public administration, economy, et
NorwayOnly engineering
Polandofficer-diploma of technical university
PortugalYes
Slovakia
SloveniaUniversity level
SpainUsually, people with a degree in engineering or architecture, even though there are Services that admit other kinds of studies.
SwedenUniversity level in fire engineering
United KingdomN/A: direct entry is not possible for any rank


Is a period of practice within the operational department a requirement for direct entry ?


CountryNo.remark
AustriayesRemark:
BelgiumyesRemark:
Croatia
Cyprus
Czech Republicno
Denmarkno
Estonia
Finlandno
Franceyes
GermanyyesRemark:
GreeceYes
Hungary
InternationalN/A: direct entry is not possible for any rank
Irelandno
Italyno
Latvia
Lithuania
Luxembourg-
NetherlandsYes, previous. At least to get the capability to do the practical examinations prescribed for the level,
Norwayno
Polandyes
Portugalno
Slovakia
Sloveniano
SpainYesRemark:
SwedenYes, Previous 10 weeks training and work as a fire fighter.
United KingdomN/A: direct entry is not possible for any rank





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