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Interested in Having-A-Go at being a firefighter?

Last updated  20 July 2018

This autumn we are holding “Have a Go” sessions at our Community Fire Stations for anyone interested in a career as a firefighter. These sessions with give those thinking of becoming a firefighter, or have never thought of it before but enjoy a physical and mental challenge, an insight in to the role of a professional firefighter working for Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service.

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Each of the events will be held on a Saturday and run between 10am and 2pm.

Each event kicks off at 10:00 sharp with a briefing. By taking up the challenge to try-out as a firefighter, you will receive your Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and undergo a warm up before trying your skills at a variety of practical tasks including:

-     climbing a ladder,

-     equipment carry,

-     equipment assembly,

-     using hydraulic rescue equipment,

-     wearing breathing apparatus (BA), and

-     simulated firefighting.

You will be supported all the way by some of our current team of experienced firefighters. Once everyone has had a go at these tasks you will return your PPE and take part in a briefing session about On-Call and wholetime firefighter career paths where you will have plenty of opportunities to ask questions about this challenging and fulfilling career.

We will be able to talk with you about the wider role of a firefighter working within the community to prevent fires and other emergencies and protect the public in their home, on our roads and in their workplaces.  The practical events also provide an opportunity to undertake some of the activities that form our selection process in advance of your application.

If you’d like to see if you have what it takes to be a firefighter or just want to challenge yourself to an interesting day of inspiring activities please complete the Eventbrite form linked to each of the have-a-go sessions giving  your name, height and shoe size, which will help us judge your PPE requirements prior to the event.

8 Sept - Luton   Community Fire Station

10 Nov - Bedford   Community Fire Station 

You can sign up for more information about our "have-a-go" sessions and joining Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service here.

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