Completing your application

It is important that you complete all sections of the application form clearly. If you have any difficulty in completing the form or require the form in a larger format, please contact Human Resources.

Post details

Please enter these details on the application form so that we can clearly identify which job you are applying for. This information can be found on the job advertisement. To help us to ensure our advertising is as effective as possible, please also tell us where you saw our vacancy advertised.

Qualifications and training

Provide us with details of any qualifications or training that you have completed or are currently undertaking. Include any special skills training, day release, or evening classes. You will be asked to provide proof of relevant qualifications and training either at interview, or if you are offered the job.

Present employer and previous employment

Tell us about your current and past employers, including dates, and give us details about your duties. List any work experience you have which you think would help you in the job, including any voluntary work, temporary jobs, part-time or holiday work.


Please provide the name and contact details of two referees. Your nominated referees could be teachers, community workers or employers, but if you are in work or have been employed, one of your nominated referees must be your current or most recent employer. You can also give the names of professional people (who are not friends or relatives) who know you well enough to comment on your ability to do the job you have applied for. You may wish to make your referees aware that we may be contacting them.


Avon Fire & Rescue Service is an equal opportunities employer. If you consider you have a disability (as defined by the Disability Discrimination Act) and can demonstrate you meet the essential requirements for the post you are applying for, we will automatically offer you an interview. If you have any specific requirements (for example, dyslexia), or require assistance or reasonable adjustments (for example, a British Sign Language interpreter, or information in larger font) to be made for you during the selection process due to disability or a long-term health condition, we will do our best to assist you. You are given the opportunity to express your needs on the application form.

Rehabilitation of Offenders Act

If you have a previous criminal record this will not necessarily disqualify you from employment. All applications are considered strictly on their merit, and in particular, whether the offence has a bearing on your suitability for employment having regard to the duties of the role. However, you are required to declare any convictions for offences that are not spent under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974, including offences dealt with by a court of law, HM services disciplinary procedures and any driving offences (your driving licence will be checked). You must also tell us immediately if you are charged with an offence after you complete the application form and before you take up any employment offered as a result of your application. If you are unsure about your answers in this section please seek advice, as failure to declare such unspent convictions will mean your application will be rejected.

Relevant experience

The job description outlines the main duties of the job and the skills, qualifications, personal qualities and experience required to do it. This is the criteria against which you will be assessed. The information you provide on your application form will be compared to the criteria and a decision made to invite you to interview; therefore it is important that you explain clearly how your skills, experience and personal qualities match the requirements in the job description. Give specific examples wherever possible. Your experience does not necessarily have to be work-based, but can be drawn from home life, social activities or voluntary work. Please do not submit a CV. Any additional information relating to the criteria can be submitted on a separate sheet of paper inserted into your application.

Data protection

Any information you provide will be confidentially stored and only accessed by staff involved in the recruitment process. Once the process is complete the data relating to unsuccessful applicants will be destroyed after a fixed period.

Remember to sign and date your application form. If you send your application form to us electronically you will be asked to sign it if you are invited to interview.

Your completed application should be returned to Human Resources by noon on the closing date stated on the job advertisement. If you would like us to acknowledge receipt of your application, please also enclose a stamped addressed envelope or postcard.

If you are selected for interview you will be contacted by letter as soon as possible after the closing date. All candidates receive written confirmation of the outcome of their application.