- Thursday, 21 December 2017 13:04
Avon Fire & Rescue Service (AF&RS) will be encouraging people to consider a new career in the New Year when it opens applications for wholetime firefighters in January.
Aspiring firefighters will be able to start the application process from early January as the Service looks for the brightest and best to take part in a training school in June 2018.
The successful candidates will follow in the footsteps of 14 new firefighters who graduated from the last training course on December 15 – the first run by the Service in eight years. The group which included two women were among the nearly 800 applicants who applied for a role last May.
Under the campaign slogan ‘Yes You Can’ AF&RS will be accepting applications from residents across Bath and North East Somerset, Bristol, South Gloucestershire and North Somerset. During the campaign the service will be encouraging applications from groups currently under-represented within its workforce, particularly women and people from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) backgrounds.
Assistant Chief Fire Officer, Simon Shilton said: “We were really pleased with the level of interest in our last recruitment campaign, in particular as we received applications from women and people from BAME backgrounds in numbers we’ve never seen before.
“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. This is now a role where you can save a life in so many different ways, from helping someone at a road traffic collision or other emergency to providing education in homes, schools and workplaces to keep people safer.”
“Once again we will be taking additional steps to ensure we raise awareness of firefighting as a career among under-represented groups as we want the very best people to be our next generation of firefighters. It’s about ensuring the pool of talent we have to choose from is as wide as possible and encouraging people to apply who perhaps never thought a career in the fire and rescue service is for them.
Four recruitment awareness events will be held in Bath and North East Somerset, Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire which will provide the opportunity for women and people from BME backgrounds to learn more about why being a firefighter could be a job for them.
ACFO Shilton said: “The ‘Yes you can’ campaign is aimed at people who have all the physical and personal attributes to be a firefighter, but maybe think they can’t do it – our message is simple, yes you can.”
“There are lots of myths about becoming a firefighter. Of course you need to be fit and have good upper body strength, but with training that can be achieved. Our role is now much wider than the work we do at emergencies, so we’re also looking for people who are good at solving problems, great communicators and passionate about helping their community to name but a few of the qualities of a modern firefighter.
“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 real difference every day.”
To find out more visit www.yesyoucan.careers and register your interest to receive updates about the recruitment process.
Recruitment awareness events will be taking place between 10am – 4pm on the below dates:
Saturday 6 January 2018
St Werburgh’s Primary School, James St, St Werburgh’s, Bristol
Sunday 7 January 2018
Bath College, City Centre Campus, Avon St, Bath BA1 1UP
Tuesday 9 January 2018
Brook Way Activity Centre, Bradley Stoke, Bristol BS32 9DA
Saturday 13 January 2018
Weston-super-Mare Fire Station, Milton Avenue, Weston-super-Mare, BS23 3JS