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Staffordshire Fire & Rescue Service - Preventing, Protecting, Responding

#YouCanToo wholetime Firefighter recruitment campaign launched

17/05/2017

Firefighter Sharron Finch carries out a Safe and Well visit
Firefighter Sharron Finch carries out a Safe and Well visit

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) are set to recruit wholetime firefighters for the first time in eight years.

"Today a firefighter’s average working day involves spending more time on community safety and engagement, education, partnership working, and helping businesses recover after a fire, than responding when things have gone wrong."

Rob Barber, Deputy Chief Fire Officer

Applications open on Thursday June 1 and close on Sunday June 11. A thorough paper sift will take place to select those that demonstrate the skills required to be a firefighter.

As part of the recruitment drive the Service is hosting a series of recruitment events at fire stations around the county. These events give those who are interested in a career with the Service an opportunity to find out more about the role.

SFRS is set to select 16 suitable candidates to embark on an intensive initial firefighter training course planned to begin later this year.

The campaign #YouCanToo aims to encourage applications from people from all areas of our communities and encourages those who may not necessarily consider themselves suitable for a firefighting career to apply as the role of a firefighter has significantly changed in recent years.

The Service wants to focus on breaking down common stereotypes about who can be a firefighter and the campaign will feature faces of several existing firefighters to show that #YouCanToo.

Tim Chan, Hanley firefighter

With over 90 per cent of the role focused on education, prevention and training work, the Service wants to attract applications from people with a caring and compassionate nature who really want to make a difference in their communities.

A modern firefighter’s role includes the following:

  • engaging and educating people of all ages to help them to stay safe and well
  • saving and preserving endangered life and providing treatment to casualties
  • advising on fire, home and business safety solutions to minimise danger to the community
  • working as part of a team
  • protecting the environment.

While the bulk of the role isn’t physically demanding, candidates will need to be physically fit in order to perform the operational side of the job. At times they will be required to work in very challenging conditions.

Zie Kahlife, Hanley firefighter

Deputy Chief Fire Officer Rob Barber said: “There is a stereotypical image of a firefighter which we really want to challenge and change.

“We’re really lucky to have a diverse community in Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire and we want our service to reflect the communities they serve.

“You don’t have to look a certain way to be a firefighter - as long as you are driven, determined and passionate about doing the best for your community then you’re exactly what we’re looking for.

“There is much more to the role of a firefighter than the common perception of racing to burning buildings or road traffic collisions. We strongly believe that preventing fires and emergencies from happening is far better than responding when things go wrong.

"Today a firefighter’s average working day involves spending more time on community safety and engagement, education, partnership working, and helping businesses recover after a fire, than responding when things have gone wrong.

“Our firefighters come from many different backgrounds and the #YouCanToo campaign is about dispelling the traditional firefighter stereotype.

“It’s important that applicants understand that our recruitment is all encompassing –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!”

Joanne Rawlinson, Sandyford firefighter

For more information please visit www.staffordshirefire.gov.uk/careers

The Service will be accepting applications from June 1, 2017. To apply please visit www.wmjobs.co.uk

We welcome applications from outside of Staffordshire, including firefighters from other fire and rescue services. To apply you must be 18 years old or over.

Recruitment events to be held as follows:

  • 10am-1pm Monday May 22 at Newcastle Community Fire Station
  • 3-7pm Monday May 22 at Tamworth Belgrave Community Fire Station
  • 3-7pm Wednesday May 24 at Hanley Community Fire Station
  • 3-7pm Wednesday May 24 at Cannock Community Fire Station
  • 10am-3pm Friday May 26 May at Burton Community Fire Station
  • 10am-3pm Friday May 26 at Stafford Fire Station