More Firefighters to be recruited

February 6, 2018

STAFFORDSHIRE Fire and Rescue Service is set to open recruitment for wholetime firefighters.

Aspiring firefighters will be able to apply from February 9 and recruitment will close on February 19. Applicants will need to apply through the Service’s recruitment system and will then be invited to complete a series of online tests. Successful applicants will then progress to the next stages which include job-related tests.

At the end of the process, the Service aims to recruit around 20 apprentice firefighters who will take part in a 15-week training course. The course is scheduled to start at the end of August after which the trainees will join our crews at stations around the county and continue their training and development.

The Service’s campaign YouCanToo will encourage applications from people regardless of gender, ethnicity and background, and those who may not necessarily consider themselves suitable for a firefighting career.

With the role of a firefighter changing the Service is working to dispel many of the stereotypes around what it means to be a firefighter as 90 percent of the job focuses on education and prevention, not just responding to emergencies.

Chief Fire Officer Becci Bryant said: “Last year’s recruitment drive saw a fantastic group of new trainee firefighters join the Service and I am very pleased to be opening applications again, especially with the continued focus on creating a diverse workforce which represents the communities we serve.

“It’s important that applicants understand that our recruitment is all-encompassing – while we want to increase the diversity of our workforce each applicant will be considered based on their skills and experience. So if you want a rewarding and challenging career, get your application in! Good luck!”

Rachel Unitt, 35, from Walsall (stationed at Hanley) said:

“Completing the course is one of proudest moments of my life and it’s an absolute honour to have passed. It’s been really physically and mentally challenging.

“I’ve always wanted to be a firefighter, since doing work experience at the fire service when I was at school, I wanted to do it as I love helping people and working as part of a team.

“There have been many highlights of the course but the road traffic collision (RTC) extrication training and water rescue training were my favourite elements. I’m really looking forward to putting these skills into real-life situations.”

To start the recruitment process, use the link to WMJobs which can be found on the Careers- Wholetime firefighter section of the Service’s website from February 9. The Service will accept applicants aged 17 providing they are 18-years-old when the training course begins but there is no maximum age limit.

For information about the role, including frequently asked questions and details of the recruitment stages visit the careers section of the fire service website