Breathing Apparatus Maintenance Technician – Buckinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service

Are you organised, a great team player, know your way around respiratory protective equipment (RPE) and associated ancillary equipment? If yes, join our team and be part of the Technical department!

About Us

Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service serves a population of more than 800,000 in the Southeast of England. Around 400 Firefighters operate from 19 Fire Stations from the outskirts of London to the South Midlands. We employ around 100 specialist support staff, from ICT to Fire Prevention. We are a diverse, welcoming community – will you join us?

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Our Service is only as good as its people. When our employees are engaged and supported, our Service thrives. This why we support flexible and hybrid working.

About the Role

The primary purpose of the role is to ensure that all respiratory protective equipment (RPE), associated ancillary equipment, and other related equipment is tested, repaired, maintained, recorded, and replaced as necessary.

The successful applicant will be responsible for:

  • Carrying out the required acceptance tests and quality assurance on all new RPE and any equipment repaired tested or serviced outside the Service
  • Maintaining stock levels of spares
  • Ensuring all compressed breathing air cylinders in the Service are tested by an approved contractor
  • Monitoring the purity of air delivered by breathing air compressors in the Service
  • Investigating and reporting on the malfunction of equipment

About You

We are looking for someone who has excellent interpersonal skills and knows their way around respiratory protective and associated ancillary equipment.

You must be able to:

  • Work on your own initiative
  • Confidently manage your own work schedule
  • Determine solutions to issues and risks identified, and report accordingly
  • Demonstrate problem-solving skills
  • Maintain strong computer literacy

Experience & Qualifications Required

Essential Requirements


  • Experience working in the maintenance environment related to safety critical equipment
  • Proven record of managing maintenance schedules and recording results
  • Working with RPE (respiratory protective equipment) in an operational or maintenance environment (desirable)
  • Experience working with Breathing Apparatus (desirable)


  • An understanding of Health and Safety Legislation as it relates to RPE (desirable)


  • A good general level of educational achievement, as a minimum, GCSE qualifications at C or above / levels 4 -9 (or equivalent) in Maths and English
  • A full, valid, UK driving license – as the role will involve travelling across BFRS Service Area
  • NVQ L3 Mechanical Engineering (desirable)
  • Ability to Portacount test (desirable)

The Package

  • Full Time
  • Permanent Contract
  • 37-Hour Week
  • Local Government Pension Scheme
  • Good Annual Leave Entitlement
  • Employee Benefits
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • Occupational Health
  • Onsite Gym Facilities
  • Limited On-Site Parking

How to Apply

We are an equal opportunity employer. Applications from people of any colour, race, nationality, ethnic origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, or disability are welcome.

If there are any adaptions or adjustments we can make to help you in your application, or with our recruitment process, please contact us via e-mail or telephone.

Everyone who works with us is required to have a DBS check. If you have any queries or concerns regarding this, please contact

For further information about the role, please review the job description.

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Abatement & Protected Pension

If are in receipt of a Firefighter’s pension, before taking up employment with Buckinghamshire & Milton Keynes Fire Authority, you are required to notify Human Resources as Abatement Rules may apply.

Salary: £30,638 – £31,079 Per Annum

Contract type: Full Time

Closing date: June 30 2024

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