Aspiring on-call firefighters urged to ‘have a go’ with AF&RS

Avon Fire & Rescue Service (AF&RS) encourage aspiring on-call firefighters to ‘have a go’ at upcoming events.

The ‘have a go’ sessions, to be held at Nailsea, Paulton, Chew Magna and Winscombe stations, will give those interested in becoming on-call firefighters the chance to try some of the tests that trainee firefighters complete during the recruitment process.

We are currently prioritising recruitment at six of our on-call fire stations: Nailsea, Yatton, Chew Magna, Paulton, Blagdon and Winscombe. If you’re interested and live within five minutes of any of these on-call stations, we’d encourage you to come and ‘have a go’.

Next month, we are holding three sessions at each of the fire stations below, with only 12 places per station available, we’d urge you to book your ticket today:

There will be a range of 2 hour sessions available at each fire station and attendees will take part in a number of activities, including:

  • Equipment carry
  • Ladder climb
  • Casualty evacuation
  • Breathing apparatus circulation
  • Strength and fitness (only available at Nailsea and Chew Magna)

The events come ahead of the next two training schools, which begin on 31 July and 16 October.

What to expect on the day:

  • Any required PPE/Fire Kit will be provided
  • Please wear fitness clothing and bring a water bottle with you
  • Arrive at the station at your allotted time
  • Attend a safety brief and a chance to ask any questions about the session
  • You will have a chance to complete every exercise with an instructor
  • You will complete each exercise individually and more round all exercise until they are completed
  • You may be asked to provide feedback to inform future events

Please be reassured that covid-19 regulations will be in place to ensure safety of both visitors and AF&RS staff, including social distancing measures, PPE and regular sanitizing of equipment. You will be required to wear PPE where necessary and adhere to social distancing during the event.

If you have any questions about the event, or would like to get in touch with the on-call support officers team, please contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

On-call firefighters live within five minutes of the on-call station and train to the highest standard to help protect their local communities while earning a second income.

Find out more about the role of an on-call firefighter, read stories from current firefighters and how to prepare for the recruitment process on our careers website.