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We are recruiting Wholetime Firefighters

Throughout January Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service (BFRS) are running a recruitment campaign for wholetime (also known as full-time) firefighters.

The recruitment period opens on 4 January and closes on 8 February 2019.

Station Commander Lorraine Moore, who is leading the recruitment drive, says: “Are you looking to start the New Year with a new challenge? Looking for a career that is both interesting, exciting and helps your community? Ever thought of becoming a Firefighter? There’s a lot more to it than just fighting fires – you will work in your community to help protect the public and prevent emergencies from happening”.

“Wholetime firefighters are based in Bedford, Kempston, Luton, Dunstable and Stopsley and are trained not only in firefighting and dealing with road traffic collisions but also specialist skills such as water rescue, animal rescue, working at height and dealing with hazardous materials. You may have the opportunity in the future to obtain your HGV licence and learn to drive a fire appliance and specialist vehicle.

“We are particularly keen to receive applications from women and Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic groups. Both these groups are under-represented within BFRS and we know they can bring a unique set of experiences and skills to the Service. This will assist us in communicating with and understanding our local communities”.

“We operate a 24 hour shift system with Firefighters being on duty for 24 hours followed by 72 hours off duty. This gives our firefighters the opportunity for a great work/life balance.”

To be a wholetime Firefighter you should live in Bedfordshire, or within 10 miles of its border, be fit, be aged 18 on employment, have three GCSEs Grades A-C in English, Maths and one other subject (or equivalent), be able to swim and have a full driving licence (with no pending issues) at pre-employment check stage.

The Service is looking for individuals who possess a range of personal qualities to work in the local communities, these include:

  • Being keen to contribute to a safer community
  • Committed to equality and fairness
  • An understanding of their role with regards to health, safety and welfare.
  • Highly motivated
  • Effective team member
  • Effective communicator
  • Flexible approach to undertaking new initiatives.

Successful candidates will be required to serve at any community fire station within the Bedfordshire area. Candidates will be required to gain Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) clearance and pass a Service Medical and Fitness test.

Apply online from 4 January 2019, job description and personnel specification, together with other relevant details may be obtained from www.bedsfire.gov.uk/Careers/Wholetime-Recruitment.aspx  

Closing date for applications is 1200 noon on Friday 8 February 2019.

After this date the shortlisting process will take place and those selected will be invited to undertake the first stage of the selection process. The recruitment process can be lengthy and the final, successful candidates will begin their fourteen week training course in September 2019.