Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service is encouraging women and other under-represented parts of the community to ‘have a go’ at being a firefighter, ahead of a wholetime recruitment campaign next month. They have asked if we can share this information with our members…
The role of a firefighter has changed a lot in recent years, with even more emphasis on fire prevention and community education.
While our firefighters are still called upon to put out fires when they occur, they also respond to flooding and water rescue incidents, road traffic collisions, animal rescues and alarm calls – amongst many other things.
They also help to gather risk information across the community, provide fire safety advice and help to educate people about risks and prevention.
Events have been organised at fire stations across the Service area, to give hands-on experience for under-represented groups in the community. Each session will be open between 10am and 1pm, and they will run as follows
Dorset & Wiltshire fire service would love you to go along for a chat, take part and find out more about the skills required to be a firefighter – #BeOneOfUs for a few hours! Please bring along PT kit if you want to try some of the physical tests.
Nationally, the fire and rescue service is 95% male and 96% white, so we are trying to remove any barriers that might deter women and ethnic minorities from applying to be a firefighter. It is a physical role, which can worry a lot of people, especially women, so the ‘have a go’ days are designed to show exactly what we do and what is needed. We’ve also designed a 12-week fitness programme to help people achieve the required level while they are going through the application process.Karen Adams, Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service
If you think you want to apply, click here to download a 12 week fitness programme which will help you to meet the required levels of fitness.
Further information on the campaign, and entry information can be found on their website by clicking here.