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Suffolk Fire & Rescue "Have a Go" Taster Days 2018

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***We are aware of an issue regarding the dates and times on some tickets. Please note that the day and time your ticket is valid for is at the bottom of your ticket with the location name, so please ignore the "Date+Time" section of your ticket as this may be incorrect. If you have any queries, please contact us at firerecruit2018@suffolk.gov.uk for clarification***

The role of a firefighter is incredibly rewarding and it’s changing. Not only do you respond to fires and other emergencies, but you work on preventing them happening in the first place through education and safety messaging. Everyone at Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service prides themselves on putting our community first.

In the Spring of 2018, Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service will be recruiting new Whole-Time Firefighters for the first time in several years.

We want to make sure we have the best people applying, and to help us find them we are holding a number of “Have a Go” taster sessions throughout the county. If you are 18 years of age or older and are reasonably fit and healthy, come along to one of our events and find out about a career in the Fire and Rescue Service.

Chief Fire Officer Mark Hardingham says: “These are a great opportunity for people from all walks of life to come and ‘have a go’ to see what you need to do to join our fire service. Irrespective of gender, sexual orientation, race, the fire service is a fantastic career for you – we want you to come and join us!”

We are very proud of the diversity that exists in our communities and we are committed to ensuring that our workforce represents that diversity. Currently more than 90% of our operational firefighters are white men. To be more reflective of local communities, and improve the service we provide, we are actively encouraging more women, more people from black and ethnic minority groups and more people from the LGBTQ+ community to apply.

As a firefighter you will spend a lot of time out in the community conducting home safety check in people’s homes, visiting businesses to improve their fire safety, and talking to people of all ages and from different backgrounds about fire prevention, road safety and other safety messages. You will also be involved in open days and other events, encouraging people to consider how they can make their homes and businesses safer. Come along to a taster day and see exactly how the modern day Firefighter does their job and show us that Suffolk’s men and women have the skills to wear the firefighter uniform with professionalism and pride.

Firefighters need to be reasonably fit and healthy with a combination of strength and stamina. Key skills we are looking for are resilience, confidence, good communication and a clear commitment to equality and diversity within our Service. At our taster days you will have the chance to learn about:

  • The role of a firefighter

  • The recruitment process and what comes next

  • Fitness standards as well as the tests you will be taking

  • An overview of our service and our purpose.

  • Our Work and how we do it

  • A fire service career path – from Firefighter to Chief Fire Officer

We know from previous years that Firefighter recruitment is very competitive and we expect a large turnout to these events, so please register as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

***We are aware of an issue regarding the dates and times on some tickets. Please note that the day and time your ticket is valid for is at the bottom of your ticket with the location name, so please ignore the "Date+Time" section of your ticket as this may be incorrect. If you have any queries, please contact us at firerecruit2018@suffolk.gov.uk for clarification***

FAQs

Are there ID or minimum age requirements to be a Firefighter?

Yes you will need to be at least 18 years old - there is no upper age limit. To be a firefighter you will need to be eligible to work in the UK and hold a valid UK driving licence.

What is the parking like?

Unfortunately there is no parking available at the fire stations. There may be pay and display parking nearby, for further information contact firerecruit2018@suffolk.gov.uk

Do I have to live in Suffolk to apply?

Applications for 2018 Wholetime Firefighters has been restricted to the area of Suffolk and the surrounding 10 miles, to include areas such as Colchester, Great Yarmouth and Cambridge.

What should I wear to the taster session?

We recommend you wear comfortable clothes suitable for some physical activity as you will have the option to take part in some taster activities. Please ensure you wear sensible shoes.

Do I have to be fit?

Fitness is important and if you consider yourself to be reasonably fit, please come along. We have fitness guidance for you at the events to give you some pointers on how to achieve the required level of fitness for the job. If you have any doubts about your fitness we would encourage you to come along – that’s what the taster sessions are all about.

Where do I go when I get there?

On arrival you will be met by our welcoming team.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT firerecruit2018@suffolk.gov.uk

The remaining dates and locations for our events are as follows:

20th January 2018: Lowestoft South Fire Station, 10am-12pm (SOLD OUT) and 1pm-3pm

28th January 2018: Ipswich East Fire Station, 10am-12pm (SOLD OUT) and 1pm-3pm

3rd February 2018: Princes Street Fire Station, Ipswich, 10am-12pm and 1pm-3pm

11th February 2018: Bury St Edmunds Fire Station, 10am-12pm and 1pm-3pm


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