I want to work in...Emergency Services

This list of links and resources has been carefully compiled by our Careers Consultants and Careers Information Team to provide you with the key knowledge you need if you are considering a career in this line of work.   All the links are reviewed regularly to ensure the source is reliable and the information is accurate and relevant.

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Sector overview

Overview of public services (Prospects)


Typical job profiles



Fire risk assessor

Paramedic (TARGETjobs)

Paramedic (Prospects)


Police officer


Ambulance Service

Scottish Ambulance Service includes section on careers

NHS Jobs

NHS Scotland National Recruitment portal

Welsh Ambulance Services NHS Trust

 The College of Paramedics provides a post-registration career framework, CPD events and an annual conference.

Fire Service

Fire Service  Online resources  for current firefighters and those interested in the career.

Fire look for Vacancies

myjobscotland - register for alerts for Fire Service vacancies.


Police Service 

Scottish Police College contains information on police training, including the Accelerated Careers Development Programme.

Police Scotland Graduates go in at the same level as non-graduates. After two years training (at Tulliallan Police College) and on the beat, you can apply for specialist posts (dog handler, traffic, mounted, detective etc) or the leadership development programme for promotion.  

Police Service Recruitment - Could you? Police Service careers in England and Wales

Police Now - graduate programme offered by 28 forces plus the Metropolitan Police

UK Police Service Forces List Links to websites of police forces throughout the UK

British Transport Police Recruitment website


Joining the Police

Police Oracle Jobs

Police Scotland Recruitment

Civil Sevice Job Search

Prison Service

Scottish Prison Service

HM Prison Service Careers and Jobs Insight into different types of work available and details of current vacancies

Ministry of Justice look for vacancies


Professional bodies

British Paramedic Association

The Chief Fire Officers Association

Institution of Fire Engineers (IFE)


To find out more about what it's like to work in this career, use the linkedin alumni tool to make contact with strathclyde alumni working in this area.