Rare chance to become a firefighter

Published on: 02 May 2017

PEOPLE in the Downend area have the chance this month to take the first step towards becoming fulltime firefighters.

Avon Fire & Rescue Service (AF&RS) is recruiting for the first time in eight years.

Application forms will be available for aspiring firefighters to download for one week only from Tuesday May 2 as the service looks for the brightest and best to take part in a training school this October. 

AF&RS employs 455 fulltime or ‘wholetime’ firefighters - a number that has been falling since 2010. Firefighters leaving or retiring have not been replaced. As further reductions in the operational headcount would take the service below its minimum crewing levels, Avon Fire Authority recently approved 16 recruitment places.

Under the campaign slogan ‘Yes you can’ AF&RS is now working to attract applications from across South Gloucestershire, Bristol, Bath and North East Somerset, and North Somerset.

Assistant Chief Fire Officer Simon Shilton said: “This is a rare and exciting opportunity to join a fantastic organisation and begin a wonderful career. As well as the role played at emergencies, firefighters now have a much broader job, in particular working with people in our communities to reduce the risk of emergencies happening in the first place."

The service will encourage applications from groups currently under-represented within the workforce, particularly women and people from Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) backgrounds. ACFO Shilton added: “We think it’s really important that our workforce is representative of the communities we serve. At the moment only 4.9% or our wholetime firefighters are women and 4.4% from BME backgrounds – both well below the averages in our area.

“Fully qualified firefighters earn £29,000, have the opportunity to learn and be promoted, have amazing variety in their jobs and have the satisfaction of knowing they make a difference every day.”

Visit www.yesyoucan.careers or watch the recruitment video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ed_-N6T748U

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