It takes about two weeks to complete the first part of our basic training course at our specially equipped training centre. Here you'll be taught basic firefighting skills such as ladder safety, hose laying and the use of road traffic cutting equipment.
You will also learn about community education and the importance of communicating these messages to the community. The training course will involve some study at the training centre and in the evenings. You'll be assessed along the way to monitor your progress.
You will need to return to the training centre within the first year or so after joining us to further develop your skills. Courses normally last no longer than five days at any one time.
Training courses are not residential and run weekdays from 8.30am to 5.00pm. Some evening work may be required. After successful completion of the basic course, you'll start to provide emergency cover at your local fire station.
You will be issued with a pager which will operate to alert you to emergency incidents, for which your attendance is required at the local fire station. If you are employed, you will need to seek your employer's permission to release you for operational duties, which may occur at weekends, weekdays or on evenings.
Because there is a requirement for you to attend your local fire station promptly on being alerted to an emergency call, you will need to be working and/or living near the fire station.
You'll be on probation for your first year and in development until you demonstrate to your manager that you have achieved the correct level of knowledge, skills and performance in your role as a firefighter. When you have completed all the necessary training and demonstrated competence, you will be paid a competent rate of pay. Your performance will be continuously assessed.
Training and personal development will be an ongoing process. Normally, training takes place once a week on a weekday evening. Training evenings normally last for two hours and take place between 7pm and 9pm. However, this may vary. You will be expected to participate in relevant training and development activity. This will enable you to take up skills such as first aid, use of breathing apparatus, driving, health and safety, which will benefit your primary employment, your employer and you.
You will be required to contribute to your own development and record this. We want to make sure that you can handle safely the ever-changing demands and hazards you might face in your job.