Would-be firefighters have chance to shine

By Barrie Hudson - 1 October 2020

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Firefighter recruitment for Dorset & Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service will be open next week.

People seeking wholetime positions for the service can apply between 10am on Monday, 5 October until midnight on Friday, 9 October.

In recent weeks, three Facebook Live events have been held to encourage women and members of ethnic minorities to consider applying, in the hope of getting the best possible mix of people coming forward to be firefighters at the service’s 13 wholetime fire stations.

Area Manager Seth Why said: “Nationally, the fire and rescue service is 95 percent male and 96 percent white, so we’ve been working hard to reach people who might otherwise not have considered us as an employer. 

"When we appoint, it will be the best people for the job, so we want the strongest possible pool of applicants to choose from.”

The on-line application process involves several stages:

- Candidate registration and confirmation of eligibility

- Online tests

- Formal application

- Fitness testing, practical assessment, presentation and interview

- Eyesight test and medical

Applicants must meet certain basic criteria in order to be eligible:

- Be over the age of 17 years and six months at the closing date for applications - and 18 years or older at the point of employment

- Have the right to work in the UK

- Not have any unspent criminal convictions

- Not have any court judgements outstanding against them

- Hold a full valid UK driving licence

- Be confident in water

Further information about the recruitment process, including the deadlines for each part of the online assessment element, can be found at www.dwfire.org.uk/recruitment-process

Online applications can be made at www.dwfire.org.uk/wholetime-recruitment between 10am on Monday, 5 October and midnight on Friday, 9 October. 

No applications will be accepted outside this timeframe.

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