Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service welcomes applications for new firefighters

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Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service is looking for new wholetime firefighters as it opens its doors to all members of the community from 2 December 2019.

suffolkfireandrescuerecruitmentThe opportunity to become a wholetime firefighter only comes around every few years and candidates are encouraged to submit their applications sooner rather than later. The six-week window may close early if the Service receives a high volume of applications.

Around one in three of Suffolk’s firefighters are wholetime, with other firefighters being “on-call” which means they often have another job and respond to emergency calls as required.

Mark Hardingham, Chief Fire Officer, explains who the Service is hoping will apply:

“We want men and women from many backgrounds and with all sorts of experiences, and we want people with great and positive attitudes. If you think this is you then I’d encourage you to grasp this opportunity. The fire service provides you with a great career and Suffolk is a wonderful place to work so I would really welcome your application.

“Dealing with fires and many other emergency incidents is an important part of the firefighter’s role, but it’s so much more than that as well. As a firefighter you will work with young and older people to help them live safer lives and will visit local businesses and other organisations to ensure their buildings are safe in the event they catch fire.

“I want our fire service to be representative of the many different communities we serve. In recent years we have recruited many more female firefighters. I want this to continue and welcome even more applications from women and people from black, Asian and minority ethnic communities in and around Suffolk.

“We are continuing to ensure our fire service is an enjoyable and inclusive place to work for all our staff, ensuring everyone can realise their personal and professional potential. We work with many networks including Suffolk Women in Fire Together (SWIFT) and Asian Fire Service Association (AFSA) who continue to do excellent work to support our ambitions in being a diverse team.”

The Service recently ran several very popular recruitment taster days. Hundreds of members of the public met with firefighters and staff to find out about the role of a firefighter and the work of all staff across the Service. Those who attended were able to try on firefighting clothing and equipment, learn about the fitness requirements and see what happens on a working fire station.

More information about the role of a firefighter and what to expect during the recruitment process can be found at www.suffolk.gov.uk/firefighter. Applications to become a wholetime firefighter can be submitted via www.suffolkjobsdirect.org.

The application window is open from Monday 2 December 2019 to 12 January 2020, however it may close earlier if large numbers of applications are received.